If you don’t know the story of Cinderella where on earth have you been? I think most of us have seen Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece at some point in our lives.

Disney’s Cinderella has had a make over and is now a live action feature with fully realized characters creating a beautifully visual treat with breathtaking scenes and settings. The film is out in the cinemas now.


Disney’s Cinderella is directed by Kenneth Branagh and produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron. The cast includes; Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård,Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter.


The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

We were very lucky to see this at a special screening a few weeks ago with children of various ages including a seven year old, tweens and teens.

The teens and tweens loved the film, it was all they talked about for ages! They loved the music, the narration, in the teens’ words ‘the eye candy’. One child, aka,’the film buff’, said she thought the cast were perfect and sshhh, she was pleased that most of them are British. The costumes were stunning and the children liked that the film was close to the original Disney film.


I think the film is suited to older children, M, aged seven is just on the cusp. He said he really liked the film but I am not convinced it held his attention the whole time. It doesn’t have any particularly scary parts though. I was not so keen on the narration in the film, but I absolutely loved the music, the costumes and the big visually rewarding scenes such as the ball room. Cinderella comes across as a strong and feisty girl fighting for what she believes in. Helena Bonham Carter’s character as the Fairy Godmother was a little surprising but Cate Blachett’s evil step mother role was perfect sending shivers down my spine.


An added bonus and piece de resistance is Frozen Fever, an animated short sequel to the 2013 film Frozen before the showing of Cinderella. A sweet catchy piece that will bring smiles to lots of boys, girls and adults alike. Watch out for the very cute snow babies. Who knew what a sneeze could bring!


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22 thoughts on “Disney’s Cinderella

  1. Oh my I really want to see it! I played Cinderella in school play as a kid ;D

    Posted on April 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm
  2. funny enough we recently showed W the original the other day, I’d love to show him this version x

    Posted on April 4, 2015 at 6:36 pm
  3. That blue dress is to die for and it looks just like the one in the Ladybird Cinderella book I read as a kid.

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 8:38 am
  4. Taking Eliza to see this during the holidays – cannot wait

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 7:59 am
  5. I really can’t wait to see this, even if it’s without my little one lol. I might try and fit it in over easter. x

    Posted on April 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm
  6. I can’t wait to take Emmy to see this.

    Posted on April 2, 2015 at 10:41 am
  7. I really want to see this, I’ve heard some great things about it but I wonder if my (just turned) six year old daughter is too young? Worth giving it a try maybe!!

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm
  8. Wow, what gorgeous frocks! Don’t tell anyone but I’m now looking forward to seeing it too, although I’ll wait till it’s on DVD 🙂
    Janie x

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm
  9. The costumes look incredible, worth a watch for those alone!

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 7:23 am
  10. Man my son would hate this but my toddler is too small to watch it, will have to wait#!

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 8:10 pm
  11. I really want to see this! I loved the cartoon version! xx

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 7:52 pm
  12. It looks really interesting! Can’t wait to see the movie myself 🙂

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 11:07 pm
  13. I really want to see this, I didn’t think I would at first after having so many fond memories of the animated one but the more I hear about it the more I want to see what it is like.

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 11:06 pm
  14. I’m going to the cinema to watch this with my 9 year old. I don’t know who is more excited!

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 9:30 pm
  15. Looks amazing, I so want to see this x

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 9:24 pm
  16. I am really looking forward to seeing this, I cant wait to see how they have planned it out x

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 7:55 pm
  17. I am so going to be watching this! It looks like a stunning piece of Disney. I’m very jealous that you were able to go to a special screening

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 7:28 pm
  18. I can’t wait to see this film. My daughter is five, so I’m hoping she will just about be okay. She’s been desperate to see it since she saw the trailer a little while ago. Glad to hear that Cinderella is strong and fiesty! x

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 7:19 pm
  19. Caitlin is looking forward to this so much (she’s 7). Her brother on the other hand is not impressed! I’m not sure Cinderella should be showing quite so much cleavage but I’m probably becoming a prude in my old age 😉

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  20. Having boys ages 9 & 15 I reckon I’ll never end up seeing this film (I certrainly won’t go on my own!!!) so I’ll just have to cling to memories of the original. Stellar cast though!

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm
  21. i was really excited to watch this but was rather dissapointed about it , i think i was expecting more magic to be fare, loved the changing dress scene though wowzers

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm
  22. We are taking out little girl to see Cinderella, it’s her first trip to the cinema x

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 1:01 pm