Disney's new live action Cinderella movie turns the enchanted cartoon most of us grew up watching into a fully detailed drama of the love-story-beginning between Ella, an "honest country girl" and Kit, an "apprentice learning his trade". While the story is well known, the new Disney movie offers vivid detail and captivating character development, while reinforcing values of courage, kindness, and finding acceptance in being who you are.
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I always love movies with leading actors and actresses who aren't super over-used. This makes a movie all the more magical for me, since I am able to focus on the story instead of how well so-and-so is fulfilling the role. Disney's live action Cinderella stars Lily James as Ella, Cate Blanchett as stepmother Lady Tremaine, Richard Madden as the Prince, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. The Downton Abbey fan in me was also pleasantly surprise to recognize Sophie McShera (a Downton co-star with Lily James) as step sister Drisella. Each character and supporting character did an amazing job filling their role in this fun and modern re-telling of Cinderella.
Several of Mommy Scene's blogger friends had the chance to meet some of the Cinderella stars at the Los Angeles #CinderellaEvent Premier and even chat with the actors behind the characters. Cate Blanchett took the spotlight in her portrayal of stepmother Lady Tremaine, a love-forsaken yet enterprising woman aspiring for a place in society. Christie from Saving Said Simply attended a group interview with Cate Blanchett, who shared her insight into the character of Lady Tremaine.
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"There's so much more to Lady Tremaine, and that's what Cate Blanchett is hoping to leave you with this modern day updated version of Cinderella. Finally getting to dig deeper into the Stepmother's story, Cate Blanchett hopes that you will gain a new founded understanding of her character."
See the full interview with Cate Blanchett at savingsaidsimply.com.
Ever since I was a young girl I've loved watching "real people" movies over cartoons because the settings are more vivid and relatable. I've also always loved the costumes, accessories, set details, and theatrical elements woven throughout period-style dramas. The costumes in this live action Cinderella do not disappoint; from Cinderella's bedazzling ball dress to the step sisters' affinity for matching outfits in contrasting colors and various assemblages of polka dots. Even the Fairy Godmother's dress is a lace-laden fabricated feat worthy only for a magical duchess.
Every pivotal scene is breathtaking; from Cinderella's time-sensitive transformation into a princess complete with pumpkin-turned-coach, mice-turned-horses and lizard-turned-footmen, to Cinderella's grand entrance into the fabulous ball panorama, to Cinderella's climatic discovery by the Prince at the end. Disney's new movie takes the Cinderella fairy tale into the realm of computer generated fantasy down to the smallest detail, complete with Swarovski crystal shoes.
Basically, I loved this movie! I just saw it tonight with a group of friends (even mommies love Cinderella!) and I couldn't wait to write up a post when I got home. I wouldn't change anything about the movie and the casting fit exactly with how I've always pictured the Cinderella story in my mind.
Did you see the movie? I'd love to hear your thoughts shared in the comments! If you haven't made it to the theater yet, it's definitely worth a ticket!
The Swarovski slippers given to Cinderella by her Fairy Godmother were developed by team of eight technicians, taking approximately 150 hours and working on six versions before the final model was decided on. The dazzling slippers are hewn from solid crystal with a 6 inch heel, measuring a dainty 7.3 x 2.95 x 7.7in and featuring 221 facets in a light-reflecting Crystal Blue Aurora Borealis coating. Swarovski also provided over 1.7 million crystals, which were used to embellish costumes such as Cinderella's breathtaking blue ball gown, the Fairy Godmother's gown and magic wand, and the wicked stepmother's dress. prnewswire.com
How cool is this "behind the scene" photo of the set for the Cinderella garden greenhouse scene!?
If your little ones are too young to see the movie in the theater, pass the time waiting for the DVD release with these Cinderella-inspired coloring pages!
Click each image to open the larger, printable file.
These are so fun, some Barbie-loving part of me is really tempted to buy them!
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