Unnecessary? Maybe. But despite this being nothing new, the costume and production design was lavish and beautiful, and some of the performances were quite memorable and shine brightly through the problems. Delightfully old-fashioned, and wholly enjoyable. Cynics and snobs need not watch.
Cinderella before meeting the prince: "I have to stay in this house for the rest of my life because my parents loved it so much, even dealing with Cate Blanchett's side-eye". Cinderella after meeting the prince: "Fuck this house, I'm off."
Everything is mesmerizing, especially the exquisite and flowy blue dress that she wears to the ball. Her last costume is also very alluring with its silky smooth veil and graceful white wedding dress with delicate flowers details. Without a doubt, the costume department is doing an amazing job.
Boasting phenomenal costumes and production design, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is as pure as it is sumptuous and majestic. This live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale may not carry the same punch that the original did in the '50s but it's conception would have Uncle Walt's seal of approval.
Nothing new under the sun here in this fair adaptation that's strongest suit is probably the incredible costumes by Sandy Powell. Cate Blanchett is a memorable stepmother but the majority of the cast do fall on the bland or under used side. One should look at the film on a pure entertainment level and not get lost in the antiquated gender politics this kind of story inspires.
Its safeness and its retelling of a worn, well-known story in the most traditional and expected way does deserve criticism, but the vibrant sets and two central performances - Lily James and Cate Blanchett - do a marginally decent job at making up for it. It's just strange Hollywood made this film and took no chances, whereas they love churning out films like "Maleficent" and "Oz: The Great and Powerful."