My childhood came true when I went to the Cinderella Movie Premier in Sydney last week. I was in the beautiful State Theatre, with the glitz and the glamour of this historic site now adorned with everything blue and gold. The fairy godmother made an appearance by take photos with all us mere mortal and there was a guided chair before the beautiful backdrop of Lily James as Cinderella and finally Prince Charming offering a glass slipper. It was magical and there was a buzz of excitement in the air as little girls fluttered around in their repurposed Elsa costumes. I was so excited to see the movie with my best friend and we got dolled up for the occasion.
I had some reservations about seeing the film primarily because it is such an iconic story. I loved the cartoon when I was young and I did not want to see the story ruined for me if they didn’t do it right. You know when you are so excited to see a film that you have read or cherished from when you were small and then you see it and you wish you never did. I was half expecting a Mortal Instruments situation all over again.
I like Lily James in Downton Abbey and so, was excited to see her in the role of Cinderella. But, what I always felt about her in Downton was that she overplayed her character just a little bit- although she is a great actress, don’t get me wrong. I thought that Cinderella was supposed to be this sweet, innocent and extremely kind girl, so what if Lily overplayed it? I feel that it is a character that could be overplayed to accentuate her angelic qualities.
I absolutely loved it! Everything I was afraid of never happened. It was a beautiful retelling which cast a light on the inner workings of the evil step mothers mind and on why she was treating Ella so badly. It definitely enhanced the story for me and did not let me down, as well as absolutely lived up to the hype!
Lily James, I feel, was perfect to play Cinderella and my opinion of her acting skills was bumped up. She did not overplay the kindness of Cinderella and instead made the character well-rounded and utterly believable.
Richard Madden who played the Prince was- not to the surprise of Game of Thrones Fans- outstanding and the epitome of dreamy. My best friend and I died every time his amazing eyes graced the scene and his accent had everyone melting to the floor like ice creams. His acting was effortless and sublime, especially in the emotional scenes where his father dies. What a tear jerker.
Yes, I did cry in many scenes. To that, I must applaud the screenwriters as they did a fabulous job. The scenes were well thought out and the plot was well structured. The dialogue was elegant and realistic, with hints of comedy right the way through which had me giggling like a school girl.
The effects were done really well and added to the magic of the whole movie. Especially, the lizard coachmen! They were quite funny! The whole film was bursting with colour which accentuated Richard’s bright eyes and made the tale richer.
I have to congratulate the costume design people. They outdid themselves. The dresses for Cinderella were so incredibly beautiful and Cate Blanchett’s dresses were tres magnifique. They were perfectly tailored and that colour green suited her so much. But, I would have to say that my favourite wardrobe would have to be that of Prince Charming- why? I have no idea, but every time he came on screen I couldn’t help but stare at the workmanship of the coats and perfect colour combinations. Just genius.
The props were great as well. That carriage was so beautiful I just wanted to leap into the screen and sit inside it! The shoe is so cute, but all I could think of was how your toes would crinkle up inside the shoe and that your foot would look so deformed inside it for everyone to see because its glass...
Overall, I thought the movie was a success and I will be purchasing it when it comes out. It took me back to my childhood, it made me giddy and abundantly happy as fairy tales are supposed to do.
What did you think of the film? What did you like or, alternatively, did not like? Any haters out there?