March 13, 2015

Lily James stars in Disney's CINDERELLA.

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Written by: Chris Weitz

Cast: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Ben Chaplin, Stellan Skarsgård, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anozie, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera

Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements)

Running Time: 112 minutes

Director Kenneth Branagh does a great job bringing a well known fairy tale to the big screen. Branagh, an actor himself, has assembled a great cast that adds legitimacy to a story that could easily be cartoonish. Casting a young lead can always be tricky, and Branagh was smart to cast Lily James (she looks like a young Jessica Lange) who brings a glow, warmth, and beauty that is necessary for the part. Cate Blanchett (our greatest living actress!) is deliciously evil–in a good character-way–as Cinderella’s devious step-mother. Richard Madden, best known for his turn on “Game of Thrones”, is physically perfect as the bright blue-eyed Prince. And kudos should go to the film’s production designer and three-time Oscar winner, Dante Ferretti, who created a magical world.

Grade: B+

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