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Cinderella [2015] (2 discs)

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Director:Kenneth Branagh
Writer:Chris Weitz
Composer:Patrick Doyle
Length:105 minutes
(1 hour 45 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:85%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Family
  • Drama
  • Romance
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Synopsis: When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.


Reaction: Charming and delightful.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Kenneth Branagh => Director
Chris Weitz => Writer
Patrick Doyle => Composer
Alex Macqueen => Royal Crier
Ben Chaplin => Ella's Father
Cate Blanchett => Stepmother
Derek Jacobi => King
Drew Sheridan-Wheeler => Nicolas Golding (uncredited)
Elina Alminas => Princess Valentina (uncredited)
Eloise Webb => Ella (10 years)
Gareth Mason => Goose Coachman
Gerard Horan => Lord Veneering
Hayley Atwell => Ella's Mother
Helena Bonham Carter => Fairy Godmother
Holliday Grainger => Anastasia
Jana Perez => Princess Chelina of Zaragosa
Leila Wong => Princess Mei Mei (uncredited)
Lily James => Cinderella
Matthew Steer => Halberdier
Monique Geraghty => Princess Sasia of Arabia (uncredited)
Nonso Anozie => Captain
Richard Madden => Prince
Rob Brydon => Master Phineus
Sophie McShera => Drisella
Stellan Skarsgård => Grand Duke
Tom Edden => Lizard Footman

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the ballroom dance, many of the dresses designs are based on the dresses of various Disney princesses. Those of Belle from (Beauty and the Beast), Tiana (The Princess and the Frog), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty (1959)), Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Mulan (Mulan), and Ariel (The Little Mermaid) can be spotted.
  • Lily James originally auditioned for the role of Anastasia Tremaine before being cast as Cinderella.
  • Emma Watson was in talks to star as the title character but a deal could not be worked out with Disney. She was later cast as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
  • There was much controversy over whether the waist of Lily James was photo-shopped or if CGI was used, since it seemed to be impossibly thin. In later interviews, James herself, director Kenneth Branagh, and other cast members revealed that James' waist had already been naturally smaller and that for every dress she had to wear a corset, even during the dance. With her thin waist, corsets, and the proof from the blue dress, the perspective makes her waist look unnaturally thin.
  • In an interview, Lily James, who plays Cinderella, said that the iconic glass slipper used in the film really doesn't fit on her foot. Instead, the slippers were added into the film later via CGI.
  • It's a common misconception that Disney's Cinderella and subsequently this film cut some of the more violent and disturbing elements of the [?] Brothers Grimm fairy tale (such as the stepsisters cutting off their heels and toes to make the slipper fit and birds pecking out their eyes) in order to make the film more family-friendly. In truth, Disney did not base the original film on the [?] Brothers Grimm "Aschenputtel" (19th century) but rather on Charles Perrault's 1697 Cinderella. Perrault's version includes the fairy godmother and the pumpkin coach that are absent from the Grimm version, and does not include some of the more sinister elements. Both films credit the film as based on the Perrault story.
  • Lily James, who plays Cinderella, and Sophie McShera, who plays Drizella, star alongside each other in [Downton Abbey]. However. their roles are reversed: in Downton, McShera plays Daisy, the servant role, while James plays Lady Rose, the aristocrat.
  • While approaching the project with a deep understanding of the fairy tale's history, Kenneth Branagh said: "It is impossible to think of Cinderella without thinking of Disney, and the timeless images we've all grown up watching. And those classic moments are irresistible to a filmmaker."
  • Lily James sang her version of "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" and Helena Bonham Carter sang her version of the magic words "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo". Both songs were made popular in the animated Cinderella.
  • Helena Bonham Carter (who played the Fairy Godmother) also played the Red Queen in Disney's live action remake of Alice in Wonderland (2010). Verna Felton, the original voice actress of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella also provided the voice of the Queen of Hearts in Disney's original animated Alice in Wonderland (1951).
  • The final dancing scene was entirely improvised. Director Kenneth Branagh decided to keep it in the final cut.
  • Lily James' favorite part about playing Cinderella was wearing the big blue ballgown.
  • Lily James, who plays Cinderella, is the girlfriend of Matt Smith in real life. Richard Madden, who plays Prince Kit, is the boyfriend of [?] Jenna Coleman, who was Smith's co-star in [Doctor Who].