CINDERELLA (2015) . . .


The most recent iteration of this timeless classic is a sincerely fantastic retelling of the Disney version.  Casting can sometimes be an issue when translating an animated movie to live action.  In this case, they knocked it out of the park.  Lilly James, known for her role as Rose on Downton Abbey, is absolutely PERFECT as Ella.  She is physically beautiful, the wholesome country girl type beauty that emanates through the screen. Her expressions are so enthralling I got lost in her smile.

Another Downton Abbey actor got to provide us with an astounding performance.  Sophie McShera, who plays Daisy the cook’s assistant, plays Drisella. . one of the step-sisters.  Oscar winner Cate Blanchett plays the “evil” Step Mother to perfection.  Helena Bonham Carter plays the Hairy Dog Father. . .I mean Fairy God Mother.  Another of her vast array of quirky, interesting characters.  All around a wonderfully done movie that young and old will enjoy.



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