#CinderellaEvent Cinderella Movie, an Opulent Realization of a Disney Classic

The Deets

This is my Cinderella movie review. It’s my personal take on what the film meant to me from the set to the costumes, the story line and the message to kids and adults alike.

In Theaters Everywhere Today!

Don’t forget the short Frozen Fever can only be seen with Cinderella in theaters!

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Runtime: 112 minutes
Rating: PG
Cast: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Nonso Anozie, Helena Bonham Carter

Lily James Cinderella interview

Disney Lily James as Ella

The Cinderella Message

I remember the first time I saw Cinderella, it was my very first Disney VHS. The case was enormous. I watched it on repeat for a decent chunk of my early childhood. Cinderella, the girl who got to go to the ball. She stood for hope, dreams coming true, and happy ever afters. But she also stood for strength and kindness.

Have courage and be kind”

is one of the iconic quotes from the new Disney film Cinderella, and the first thing that resonated with me. The message speaks strength and compassion to the hearts of children and adults alike. It reminds us that we are all fighting battles, but in the end it’s courage and strength that overcome the challenges we face.

Still, this isn’t the only message coming from Cinderella. When we look at the animated classic, we see a girl being rescued by a prince, as if she can’t truly live a life of happiness unless she finds her man. In the 2015 film, we see a woman who is strong and just fine to be on her own. At one point she even snaps at the prince. It’s clear she’s not afraid to stand for what she believes in, and her endurance of a less than happy home life proves to be more of a strength than a weakness. She won’t stand idly by while some prince just crafts her to be exactly what he wants her to be. It is this reason that the prince falls for Ella. The message is clear, be strong, be true, and be independent. The beauty is from within.

Lily James Cinderella Interview


The Cinderella Set

Built nearly entirely at Pinewood Studios in England, the set of Cinderella is lavish. With rich, decadent colors and textiles, absolutely no effort was spared when bringing this epic fairy tale classic to life. From the coach to the clock tower and every detail between, Director Kenneth Branagh realized this film on a whole new level of fairy tale.

Cinderella Movie Costumes

The Costumes, oh the Costumes

Only a blind man would say that Cinderella’s glass slipper is anything short of magnificent. Carved entirely from multi-faceted Swarovski crystal, it literally beams rainbows. And the dress! Oscar winning costume designer, Sandy Powell brings fashion to fairy tale with bright colors, extravagant materials, and runway-like silhouettes. The colors are fun and make it terribly hard for you to look away for even a moment. I found myself completely enamored by the patterns and the dramatic lines of the costuming, it really brought the fairy tale to life through a visual composition that will make you want to watch it over and over again.

Cinderella 2015 trailer

The Story

This is not a superficial fairy tale. It’s not your typical run of the mill boy meets girl mumbo jumbo. Branagh’s Cinderella plays into a much deeper story of loss and personal struggle. It’s an emotional movie. Branagh balances the reality of losing loved ones in a way that makes it almost a personal growth experience for children and adults alike.

In contrast to the animated classic, you see a lot more of Prince Charming’s character built as he and Ella kind of go through similar personal battles at the same time. With Lady Tremaine, Ella’s wicked stepmother, you see a brief vulnerability you don’t see in the original Disney cartoon.

Overall the story has a much deeper, much sweeter, and much more romantic element to it than the original animated classic. That with the outstanding work of Kenneth Branagh and Sandy Powell coming together, Cinderella is truly a masterpiece.

Missed the Cinderella Trailer See it Now

I was flown out by Walt Disney Motion Pictures to the World Premiere of Cinderella all expenses paid, This in no way has shaped my opinion of the film. All opinions in this Cinderella Movie Review are my own.


About Christa Thompson

view all posts

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

We love hearing your thoughts, stories and adventures. Share them here:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.