Directer: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter
Young Ella has the perfect family A Mother who is her best friend and radiates kindness and goodness and a Father who worships them both. They have the perfect life together but tragedy strikes when her Mother gets very ill. Her last words to Ella before passing on were to remember to always be kind and have courage which Ella never forgot. Many years pass and Ella's Father decides to re-marry with Ella's blessing of course, which brings a Step Mother and two step sisters into the family home. Once again tragedy strikes as Ella's father passes away leaving her to be turned into a servant to these wretched women. But a trip to the woods one day and a chance meeting with a handsome gentlemen would change Ella's life forever.
This has to be one of the most magical and enchanting movies I have seen in a very long time and also very very witty. This movie is visually spectacular from the backdrop to the effects. The use of colour in this movie was out of this world and the scene of Ella's dress turning into the gown for the ball was breathtaking. We were also blessed to have a strong script to go along with the striking visuals.
Lily James was simply splendid as Ella. She won your heart over and I could not picture anybody else in the role. She was very sincere and enchanting. Cate Blanchett was superb as the evil Step Mother and her entrance when we first meet her is awesome.
What I really took away from this movie was the theme of learning our virtues in life. To always be kind to others and brave even in our darkest hour. You can be the most stunning person in the world but to have kindness in your heart is your true beauty and most importantly, what is probably the hardest of our virtues to learn - Forgiveness. This movie gets 5/5 for me and I will always remember that where there is kindness there is goodness and where there is goodness, there is magic.