name instantly takes one’s mind back to the 1950s when the animated character, Cinderella, hummed ‘sing sweet nightingale’ on screen. The 2015 version isn’t much different and Lily James seems to be the perfect fit for the lead character. Disney is known for moulding magic into films and stories like no other production house. Cinderella is not even slightly similar to Frozen or the curious, inquisitive and adventurous Rapunzel in Tangled.
Kenneth Branagh’s modern Cinderella isn’t much different and has the same character like the older one. Lily James does justice to it and the film revolves around a stepmother and two stepsisters after Ella’s parents die.. However, the only few interesting twists to the film are a prior meeting of Cinderella and the prince, played by Richard Madden. Cate Blanchett adds value to the entire 112 minute yet impressive bravado as the stepmother, Lady Tremaine.
After watching Anne Hathaway in Ella Enchanting and then turning to Cinderella, the question arises of why there are no twists and turns to the story. When speaking of Maleficent or Frozen Forever, anticipation drives the audience’s interest whereas the audience of Cinderella knows exactly what to expect as if they were watching a film of pre-defined calculation.
Convincing points of differentiation from the 1950s version could have added a very credible touch to the film. But then, there can’t be any debate about how much the young and old adore this fairytale character. Gazing at the screen isn’t an unusual sight when a Disney tale is playing, let alone Cinderella.