A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
Isn’t the above picture stunning? I am excited to see this film for two reasons. The first is that Disney never disappoints. The second is that I have seen live action Cinderella’s many times! I used to work at the ballet (in fundraising, not dancing!), and I cannot wait to see the contrast between the live action I have seen as interpreted through the art of dance, vs. what Disney will bring to the big screen:
“The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.”
Doesn’t Helena Bonham Carter looks gorgeous! As does Cinderella of course!
And like everyone else, Cinderella has been busy on social media! Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Plus! If only her step-mother and step-sisters knew to follow her there, they may have thwarted many of her plans!
Mark your calendars for March 13, 2015!