I’m currently catching up with all the magical and fairytale themed movies that were pretty big in the last few years. After I rambled a bit about Maleficent, today I want to introduce you all to the 2015 adaptation of a well-known fairytale: Cinderella.
Once upon a time there lived Cinderella, a wonderful and pretty girl everybody loved. But then her mother died and her father got married again – to an awful woman with two daughters of her own. After the father too passed away Cinderella was degraded to a maid, having to clean, to cook and to do everything else for her spoiled step-sister.
But everything could change when a great ball is held to find a suitable wife for the young Prince…
I was pretty excited about this new take on an old tale. But unfortunately this adaptation didn’t have much new to offer.
To be honest, there wasn’t much justifying the existence of this movie. The tale was told strictly the way we know it. Basically nothing was added to it. The film wasn’t particularly funny or moving. Not even Cate Blanchett as the evil step mother was able to save it.
The only bit of hope I saw was Helena Bonham Carter playing the fairy godmother. Her performance was cute, sweet, funny and charming. However, as she only had one scene in the entire movie, it surely wasn’t even to uplift the film.
In general I can say that I’ve seen nicer adaptations like the old Disney movie, the Czechoslovak take on the plot named Three Nuts for Cinderella, or even Ever After which took the story as a loose base and created a new tale around it. All these Cinderella version have something unique to offer. But this 2015 version is but a polished version in better definition. There is nothing special or charming about it.
All in all I ended up very disappointed with this adaptation. I had hoped for a new take but was served with a dusty story.
The movie itself was pretty decent, if you don’t know any other movie version I’m sure you’ll like. But in comparison it remained rather pale.
Have you seen the film? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments!