MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett
Runtime: 1 hr 45 mins
What It Is: A live action retelling of Disney’s 1950 animated story based a Charles Perrault fairy tale. In it a young girl whose lost both of her loving parents is left to slave for her step-mother (Blanchett) and this vile woman’s two dimwitted daughters. When Ella (James) happens to meet the Prince (Madden) his infatuation with the fair maiden in instantaneous. To find her again heinvites every maiden in the land to a ball. With a little help from animal friends, and her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) she is the belle of this ball and starts to fall in love with the Prince, and he with her. Entranced by one and other it isn’t until the clock begins to strike midnight that our heroine jettisons off quickly. Leaving her prespective lover wondering who that girl was?
What We Think: This Disney’s best live-action adaptation of one of their former animated features. Where Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent went ahead and completely changed the histoy of their animated counterparts to such a drastic degree. Disney this time didn’t change too much but more so modernized some parts of the classic story to feel better for a contemporary audience. Lily James is picture perfect as the titular Princess and you could not ask for a better Prince than what the former King of the North brought to the role.
Our Grade: B+, With a refreshing flavor for the fairy tale genre and surehanded direction by the always excellent Kenneth Branagh this is a film that is more than the sum of it’s impressive parts. Filled with wonder and magic every single step of the way. Definitely check this one out whenever you get the chance it’s worth it