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Cinderella MAG

April 17, 2015
By AlaNova ELITE, Naperville, Illinois
AlaNova ELITE, Naperville, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Dalai Lama said, "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called YESTERDAY and the other is called TOMORROW, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live..."

Will the slipper fit? A beautiful maiden, a dreamy ball, Prince Charming, and the shoe of a lifetime. We all know the classic of the Frenchman Charles Perrault (then “Cendrillon”), but Disney seems to have outdone itself in the latest rendition of the classic, starring Lily James as Ella, Richard Madden as the Prince, Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. (What’s more, Kenneth Branagh directs.)

Wait, “Cinderella” again? It’s true, Walt Disney Animation Studios already produced an unforgettable 1950 animated version, starring the voice of Ilene Woods. So this latest remake spurred much online outrage – but the detractors may be surprised to see this is no ordinary retelling.

Whipping together dazzling colors, a formidably enchanting ensemble, and worthy symphonic accompaniment, Disney seems to have truly created the stuff of dreams. One would buy a ticket for merely the lights, scenery, and gowns. Admittedly, it’s not easy to make a bunch of cynical movie punks disintegrate into drool; but that’s just what happened when my friends and I went to see “Cinderella.” Casting also excelled, which is hard to accomplish following a golden animated predecessor. Cate Blanchett, I will not hesitate to say, gave the grand villainess a fresh shine with her catlike elegance. Lily James and Richard Madden adorn the spotlight in idealistic perfection.

And it’s true, “Cinder­ella” gets a little picturesque with slightly unoriginal dialogue and overplayed romance. But this film has a modern heart, something I applaud Branagh and scriptwriter Chris Weitz for. It’s not easy to reason the convenience of a charming (and even more conveniently well-off) prince, nor magical midnight balls to an increasingly global audience. Yet this innocence and romanticism is saved within a golden core.

The film talks of courage, kindness, and forgiving with startling grace, characteristics that never tarnish in relevancy. Thus, every child and childish spirit can leave the theater in dimensional fulfillment after discovering the slipper truly does fit.

The author's comments:

What does "THHRe" stand for? Good question! It's THE HOLY HITCHHIKE’S REVIEW...A shorter version of the Hitchhike, reviews of books, movies, music, and just about anything you can dream up. Enjoy, and let loose your commentary and suggestions below. A new column of THH every Friday!


Not to mention, it's a double week! Check out the other THHRe edition that comes out this week, a review on blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow (2014). 

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