It feels like when Hollywood finds a genre worth exploiting, it milks it until its dry. Nowadays, that is what is happening with the retelling of Disney classics. Just remember this year’s Maleficent, the two Snow White movies (people, just stop hiring Kristen Stewart, please) or that Hansel & Gretel flop. But as long as these films are successful, they will still be doing them. At least, until they run out of Disney movies!
The latest instalment in the “Let’s make yet another live-action version of a Disney film” saga is Cinderella. The good thing about it is that it stars Lily James, of Downton Abbey fame, who is one of the most charming British actresses you can find nowadays (you will also see her starring as Elizabeth Bennet in the long-awaited Pride and Prejudice and Zombies next year). It also stars Richard Madden (RIP King in the North) as the clean-shaven prince and Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother. And we all know that Blanchett could easily win an Oscar for any performance, she is one of the greatest of her generation. You also have Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother (a character we all know she will nail), Holliday Grainger and James’ Downton pal Sophie McShera as the stepsisters and Ben Chaplin and an unrecognizably blonde Hayley Atwell as Cinderella’s parents.
I don’t know about you, but I like Disney movies, so as long as they are not too terrible, I am all about them!