Cinderella (2015)

Cinderella is the best girls night out movie and that’s exactly what we planned weeks in advance.  We all rushed out of work and met up at the theatres on Tuesday night. Its felt like its been a while since I’ve been to the theatres and I’m wondering if I’m actually on track with my one monthly theatre visit goal.  I can’t remember and it doesn’t matter. If you missed my anticipated list for 2015, this is one of them 🙂

Lets check out Cinderella!

Cinderella (2015)

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Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger, Stellan Skarsgard, Helena Bonham Carter

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.- IMDB

Does Cinderella still have its magic after so many years? How about after turning it (like many other fairy tales) into a live action? I went into this movie pretty much with those two questions lingering in my mind.  I’ve skipped out on a lot of live reimaginings of fairy tales and all that sort of stuff but Cinderella is possibly one of the most popular and has a ton of movies inspired by them.  Even the not so at par ones tend to make me fall in love one way or another. So how does this 2015 version fair?

This live version Cinderella is almost an exact imagining of the Disney animated version that I love a lot.  It has the fairy godmother, the glass slippers, a gorgeous blue gown, mice, pumpkins, evil stepmother and two untalented and not very appealing stepsisters and of course, the Prince.  The only thing that;s different might be that Cinderella starts out as Ella and that we see her parents and living out her mother’s wishes to “have courage and be kind.” Even though you probably know exactly what is going to happen next, the magical appeal of Cinderella is still as apparent as ever, infecting me with lots of laughter and love and all those awesome feelings.

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This Cinderella may not have the songs in the animated version, but the soundtrack and sweeping score was absolutely beautiful. I’d buy it in a heartbeat and listen to it all the time.  It added to the magic.  While we are on the magic, the CGI was gorgeous, enforcing the whole enchanting experience.  That was a huge part in making this as wonderful as it was.  Just the whole fairy godmother sequence, transforming and preparing Cinderella for the Royal Ball was maybe THE best part ever! I’m sure a ton of you caught this but Cinderella keeps singing Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly and that is also a song from a 1940s Disney film.  I’ve never actually heard the whole song but it was kind of nice to see it here.

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Live action also means we can talk about the acting.  We already are well familiar with Cinderella’s characters.  First of all, no Disney princess story is memorable without the right villain.  In this one, the evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, played by Cate Blanchett was stunning and so mean.  Those expressions and tones for her dialogue was so convincing. At the same time, this one also added a little extra for her character as to why she’s the way she is.  As small as it is, I like this version of the evil stepmother.  Nothing made me laugh more than how the stepsisters are actually just extremely spoilt and untalented. The idea of bringing back the singing off tune and saying stupid things really works for Drizella and Anastasia because thats the character we know, simply shallow and undesirable.  Oh, and their outfits don’t make you laugh and cringe at the same time.  I loved it!

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My last point to talk about are the couple: Ella and the Prince.  That is the essence of the story.  Before the movie, one of my girl friends was telling me how she didn’t find Richard Madden handsome.  In fact, sometimes the Prince isn’t that handsome, the person himself maybe, but its the character the he embodies that we fall in love with.  I’m not going to discuss whether I find Richard Madden handsome but I guess I’m simple as well but that man has a lovely accent in his voice and the way he captured the Prince stole my heart from the first time him and Ella met.  Suffice to say, I bought his Prince very much.  To be honest, I’ve never watched either Richard Madden or Lily James before this.  No, I haven’t seen Game of Thrones and no, I haven’t gotten to Season 5 of Downton Abbey (before you ask). Lily James as Ella kind of bothered me when I was watching the trailer.  I wasn’t completely sold on it but as the movie went along, she grew on me.  It may be because she’s so simple and pure-hearted yet courageous and strong.

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And these glass slippers! OMG! 🙂

Regardless of the reasons, Cinderella is a simple love story and this version remembers to keep the elements of the original animated version except giving us a live version full of wonderful performances from cast.  It introduces lots of sharp colors, breathtaking location/set, beautiful CGI and an enchanting score to enforce the magic.  Sure, its not exactly as memorable as the animated Disney Classic but there’s still a lot to love about this. I’d gladly watch this again and get the Blu-ray when it comes out.  My suggestion, if fairy tales are your cup of tea, head out to the theatres to see it because its worth your time and money just to capture the true beauty of it.

Fun fact (paraphrased from the Cineplex magazine, March/April 2015): More than 250 metres of fabric was used in the making of the blue gown worn by Lily James.  Three time Oscar winning costume designer Sandy Powell also used more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals and three miles of stitching to complete the dress.  Impressed? Multiply those numbers by nine.  Nine copies of the ball gown were created for the shoot.

Have you seen Cinderella? Are you planning to? Just out of the blue, which Disney princess do you like best? 

April Fools 2014: Tranquil Dreams

Check out my entry on the April Fools Blogathon over at Silver Screen Serenade. We had to choose 5 lovable idiots from movies or TV. I vouched for movies and it was tough to narrow it down in the end but here’s i the final list. In my mind, lovable idiots seem to all have a good heart and pure intentions, they just don’t really have the right mindset to do it, if not something else.
Drop by and see what other bloggers have chosen also. I’ve seen some pretty amazing lists 🙂
Huge thanks to Cara for putting this together and thinking up this April Fools Blogathon. It was so much fun 🙂

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Another day, another round of idiots! This set of April Fools is brought to you by the lovely Kim of Tranquil Dreams. Kim’s blog is super cool with a whole variety of stuff–movie reviews, awesome travel photos, recipes, and much more. Be sure to go give it a looksee! Now let’s see what fools Kim picked…

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Cinderella (1950)

For Valentine’s Day, I had shared a piano cover of Cinderella (see it HERE) and said that in a few days I’d review Cinderella.

Who doesn’t know Cinderella? One of the most common love stories that has been adapted a crazy number of times.  In my collection, I have two mega guilty pleasure ones.  They are absolute crap but I admired the effort.  However, we are not reviewing those.  The original is Disney’s 1950 animation.

cinderellaThe story is simple.  At a young age, Cinderella lost her mother and only lives with her father who later feels that she needs a mother so remarries with a woman with two daughters.  When he passes away, her stepmother shows her true nature and spends all her father’s money and then makes Cinderella into the servant of the house.  However, when the prince returns to the palace, the king decides to through a ball and invite every single eligible maiden in his kingdom so that the prince will find his love of his love and get married.  This means that Cinderella can go also, but of course, her stepmother and her two obnoxious daughters prevent her from going in every way possible.It is then that in her most hopeless moment, magic happens and her fairy godmother shows up and helps her, however all the magic will vanish at the stroke of midnight.  Cinderella goes to the ball and meets her Prince Charming and loses track of time so as she escapes the ball, she loses her glass slipper and the prince loses his fair maiden without even knowing her name.  However, he is determined to find her so the king issues an order that any girl who fits the glass slipper will be married to the prince.

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I’m not much for the Disney princesses when I was a little girl. I was much more of a tomboy than the normal girl.  Maybe because a lot of my good friends were boys in elementary school. As well as the fact that my only cousin around my age was  a guy and we had the habit of pulling of Barbie’s head.  So not my thing.  But still, I loved Disney a lot as I grew up and the charm in Cinderella was not just the love story of a rich prince falling for a poor girl. What Cinderella had was magic.

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For a girl in her situation, with an unhappy life with her stepmother and her annoying stepsisters who wanted nothing more than to think she was invisible, she found joy in her friends and in her dreams.  What are hanging out at my little blog if not for dreams, right? I love dreams and I dream all the time and they are a wonderful escape.  This animation is lined with happy, positive little tunes that just grabs your attention.  Just think about my doing the piano cover and then wanting to watch this.  “So This is Love” is sweet and cute but my favorite has to be the magical part when her fairy godmother appears and transforms her with her little tune, “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo”.  A few random words strung together and they make for a fun and enchanting tune, changing a bad situation to a beautiful one.

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Another highlight was the addition of the animals. We had the birds that woke her up and chatted with her.  The dog Bruno who had dreams of eating Lucifer, the devil cat of her stepmother.  The cat was just a big fat bully (cue the child pouty voice). My favorite was definitely the mice.  They were the best helpers and Jaq and Gus was so cute and funny at the same time. Especially the part up there when they start singing, “Cinderelly, Cinderelly, Nightingale cinderelly…” Oh what am I doing? Here’s the snippet:

Now I have the song stuck in my head again.  But that’s okay I have to go do some chores anyways…

Back to the review, Cinderella is just a beautiful, enchanting and fun animation. You don’t have to buy into the love story bit but it is so sweet to watch.  How much of it was a love story anyways? We saw the prince for 5 mins in the middle and 2 minutes at the end. Its all about Cinderella. The mice and the fairy godmother really is a wonderful addition.  Cinderella is a must-see classic.

Who is your favorite Disney princess? How about your favorite Disney classic?

Valentine’s Day Special

We’re finally here! The absolute last post dedicated to Valentine’s 2013!

From the weekend till now, I’ve been planning for this and not really sure if I wanted to do it.  I went through all the books I had and tried out a whole bunch of stuff.  Seeing which one would be awesome to put here. I guess I’m a last minute decision person because some time last night I started convincing myself that this was a good idea.  My few original ideas still needed a bit of polishing.  (Note to self: stop putting things to the last minute) BUT, point is, I managed to get it together.

Enough with the talking…I’ve already posted and wrote WAY too much.

My cover of Cinderella’s So This Is Love.  I did this last minute so its not perfect! I would’ve added vocals if I did have more time.  If you would like that, I could always do that and repost again (on the weekend).

I was going to even turn it into a little vlog style.  But I was a bit shaky and nervous thinking about my face on a camera and talking to all of you..haha!  What if I say disastrous things? :O I will do it one day though. I’d love to tell you how much I love and appreciate all of you with my actual voice and not just my writing 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day and hope you you enjoy it!  I promise this is the last post…until tomorrow!

My fellow awesome friends/bloggers/visitors (whatever you’d like to call yourself), any song recommendations you’d like me to learn and cover on here? I’d gladly do it 🙂

What do you think about posting up a vlog? Anything you want me to talk about other than getting all mushy and appreciative.


P.S. You know I had to watch Cinderella after this. Review coming up soon 🙂