My daughter and I squealed when we heard that Cinderella is coming out in March. It’s not another cartoon version. Oh no! Miss Lily James plays Cinderlla herself. Are you a Downtown Abby fan? Then that name is a very familiar one. I can’t wait to see what she does with one of Disney’s most FAMOUS roles.
Not that you need to HEAR the storyline but it’s a great way to find out who else is in the film.
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.
So READY! I can’t wait to see Cinderella through my daughter’s eyes and with updated 2015 Disney magic. Not to mention that Helena Bonham Carter is going to make an amazing Fairy Godmother!! Whenever I see her in a role, she completely consumes me. I always wonder what she would be like at a dinner party. Would she be absolutely eccentric and insane? Or completely introverted and quiet?
Back to the movie — here’s the trailer we’ve all be waiting for!!!
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