Cinderella: Midnight is just the beginning

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Cinderella, one of Disney’s most beloved princesses, comes to life in the new movie directed by Kenneth Branagh. Though you may have read the story or seen the original animated film a bunch of times, Cinderella fans will love the new version too! Disney hasn’t lost any of its magic with the new flick.

The film stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh from a screenplay by Chris Weitz, “Cinderella” is produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron.

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Disney's Cinderella {movie review via genpink}

A few things:

  • The costumes are spot on! Every detail, fabric, and style fit perfectly.
  • The live-action version brings the story to life, without taking away from the animated version from our childhood.
  • The dance scene.. swoon.
  • The Frozen Fever short lives up to expectations. Just in time for the news that Frozen 2 is coming out! (oh, Kristen)
  • Lily James has the most amazing hair
  • I’m calling it now, the glass slipper trend is going to be a thing very shortly
  • I want to watch it again and make notes of all of the inspirational one-liners. Like this one:

Have courage & be kind - Cinderella move / genpink

The Trailer:

Here are a few photos from the movie premier!

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(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 01: (L-R) Director Kenneth Branagh and actors Cate Blanchett, Holliday Grainger, Lily James, Sophie McShera and Richard Madden attend the World Premiere of Disney?s ?Cinderella?, Kenneth Branagh?s breathtaking live-action feature, at the legendary El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd, on March 1, 2015. The film’s stars have been dazzling theater-goer?s and fans alike as they continue their tour around the world. Hollywood, California.


Lily James arrives as Disney Pictures presents the world premiere of "Cinderella" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, March 1, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)
Lily James arrives as Disney Pictures presents the world premiere of “Cinderella” at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, March 1, 2015. .(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Isn’t Lily James’ dress stunning?


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Cinderella: The Story

Cinderella-2015The storyline follows the original version where young Ella loses her mom and her merchant dad gets remarried to Ms. James (Cate Blanchett). Sadly upon her father’s death, Ella finds herself at the mercy of her stepfamily. The rest of the ladies in the house treat Ella like a servant and nickname her Cinderella.

When she’s just about to lose hope, Cinderella meets the prince of the town and both become interested in each other. As the prince gets to learn more about Cinderella, he finds her not only beautiful but also compassionate and charming. The prince bumps into Cinderella again at the ball as she’s wearing her gorgeous blue gown, glass slippers, and….well you know the rest of the story about how she loses one of her shoes and is soon reunited with the prince!

Cinderella thinks back to what her mom taught her at a young age: “Have courage and be kind. Where there is kindness, there is goodness and where there is goodness, there is magic.”

With everything Cinderella been through at home, she dusts herself off and gets her happy ending. The mix of fantasy and romance will leave fans falling in love all over again with the Cinderella story.


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(Cinderella is now playing in theaters is rated PG. I was provided with advanced screening tickets to see the movie, and all opinions are my own.)