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USA 2015 - with Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgård ...

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Movie info

Original title:Cinderella
Genre:Romance, Fantasy, Children's Movie
Direction:Kenneth Branagh
Cinema release:12.03.2015
Production country:USA 2015
Running time:Approx. 105 min.
Rated:From 0 years
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Who doesn't know the fairy tale of Cinderella (or Cinderella) who, after the death of her beloved father, is maltreated by her evil stepmother and her two nasty daughters until, thanks to a good fairy, she is allowed to go to a big ball in the king's castle where the prince falls in love with her? Countless times this story has already been recounted in the most diverse variations. Whether in books, in films or on stage, whether as cartoons, modern interpretations or musicals, this fairy tale can always fascinate anew. Of course, you may ask if after the many film adaptations of the story there is still another one needed. But if the result is so wonderful, as in the case of Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella", the answer must clearly be "Yes".

In the real film version of the classic Disney cartoon, Lily James ("Downton Abbey") takes on the title role, whose play has something fairytale about it. Nevertheless, the great Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother in every scene play her completely against the wall. Even "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden remains a little pale as a prince. But that doesn't cloud the very positive overall impression very much, since Cinderella and the Prince are the smoothest and most uninteresting figures of the fairy tale anyway. And the new Cinderella is very well suited as an identification figure for little girls.

What Branagh's film can score with are the great set, the successful special effects and the tongue-in-cheek humour, which is always used perfectly whenever the story becomes too sweet and colourful. With a lot of self-mockery and probably the funniest goose in film history, Branagh prevents his film from sinking into Disney's typical kitsch and thus becomes worth seeing not only for girls up to 12 years of age. The beautiful music by Patrick Doyle adds a very timeless flair to the film.

What clearly distinguishes this version from its cartoon counterpart from 1950 is the attempt to abolish the clear separation between good and evil. Surely, here too the stepmother is superficially evil and the stepsisters are beastly and spoiled. But the script by Chris Weitz ("About a Boy") also succeeds very well in giving these characters a second level, which makes their behavior a little bit understandable and doesn't make them into clearly drawn villians. Something similar has already been tried with "Maleficent", the real film version of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty". There, however, the makers proceeded much more strikingly, which is why it didn't work as well as Branagh's "Cinderella". Anyway, the transformation of the cartoon world into a real scenario is much better and more visually impressive than the "Maleficent", which was a very mixed one anyway.

Surely those who hope to discover new sides of the all too familiar story will be bitterly disappointed. In terms of content, this Cinderella really offers hardly any impulses of its own. But those who love timeless, beautiful fairy tales to languish in, who appreciate exciting, humorous and heartfelt entertainment for the whole family and simply cannot get enough of the story about the beautiful Cinderella with the glass shoe should not miss the 2015 edition of "Cinderella". And for all fans of the "Ice Queen" there is an additional incentive to buy a cinema ticket. Because before the main film there is a brand new short film with Anna, Elsa, Olaf & Co. For this beautiful combination there is also a very clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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