When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella's life. Ella becomes one with her pure heart when she meets the Prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes, and a little help from her fairy godmother, of course.
Lily James always went to use the restroom before being stitched into the blue gown, for the sake of convenience, but if nature called again, a mini camping portable toilet was slipped under her dress. See more »
When Ella's father leaves on his last business trip, the pair of horses at the carriage he leaves in has no white on their legs. As the carriage pulls into the road (and the camera pans back to Ella), the horses each have four white legs (and are probably the same pair of bay hackney horses that bring Ella's father home in the opening scenes; each horse has a wide blaze on its face and four white stockings). This same pair of very distinctive horses also appear briefly at the beginning of the king's ball, when everyone is arriving. See more »
[skeptical of the Fairy Godmother's claim of her identity]
You can't be.
They don't exist. They're just made up for children.
Didn't your own mother believe in them? Don't say no, 'cause I heard her.
You heard her?
Oh, fiddle-faddle, fiddle-faddle. Right! First things first. Let me slip into something more comfortable.
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After the Fairy Godmother sings "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song)" in the last part of the end credits, she asks "Oh, where did everybody go?" right before the closing Disney logo appears. See more »
Sure it's still got some of the dated gooey-ness of the original movie, sure Shrek's impact on savaging the Disney/fairy-tale formula can still be felt years after release, but Cinderella is a beautifully directed and cinematographed; and Kenneth Branagh did this?
Why do films like this exist in today's industry? Well franchising for one thing, and even though films like this are basically products in Disney's pipeline it CAN be well done given that the movie's got a determined director at the helm. And oddly, Branagh, the guy who directed films such as 1996's Hamlet, was just the guy to make Cinderella into a watchable film. It's pretty, has a good cast and has some nice tid-bits of humor here and there. And it's an update on the whole Disney-esque 'happily ever after' thing. Yes the story's the same but it gives some much-needed chemistry to Cinderella's and 'The Prince''s romantic charm. And... it works.
You don't need to be a girl or a gay to like this film; just see it for what it is: a harmless remake of an animation from the 1950s.
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