Director Kenneth Branagh’s new film “Cinderella” was produced with one idea in mind: the bigger, the better.
From castles to gardens, from dresses to chandeliers, even personalities, Branagh made sure to focus on the idea of “big” when it came to everyone’s beloved Disney princess, Cinderella, played by Lily James.
The film tells the well-known story of a merchant’s daughter whose mother (Hayley Atwell) dies at a young age and whose father (Ben Chaplin), remarried, bringing into their home an evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her two self-centered daughters (Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger).
When Ella’s father dies on a business trip, she is left to serve her stepmother and stepsisters’ every need.
One may wonder what would be the point of seeing a film all too well known.
To my surprise, I left the movie theater with answers to questions I have had since I was a kid.
“Cinderella” gives moviegoers not just Ella’s typical point of view, but a diverse perspective from key characters, such as Prince Kit (Richard Madden) and his father the King (Derek Jacobi).
This film not only has massive props, but the attention to detail in wardrobe and scenic design, works well to bring the beloved princess’s world to life.
If I have to pick the best scene from this film, I would say it is when Ella’s mother tells her to “have courage and be kind.”