Disney’s Cinderella A Lesson in Kindess,Beauty & Enchantment

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If there’s one word to describe Disney’s Cinderella it’s Magical. This is the kind of movie that is so enchanting,  beautiful and so full of valuable lessons you leave wanting to come back and experience it again and again. Like most I grew up on the 1950’s Disney Classic Cinderella. It was one of my favorite Disney movies. So when I found out there would be a remake I was a bit skeptical because how could one remake such a wonderful movie without going into the tired path of Cinderella Cliches many have tried to take. However, what I didn’t expect was to fall in love with a movie so deeply that I knew I had to get home and share this beauty with my children.


The story line is the tried and true tale in which Ella, played by the beautiful Lily James, lives a happy life with her Mother and Father only to loose her mother at a young age.  Ella and her father manage to survive in contentment after her mother dies until her father decides to take on a new wife. In his eyes he’s doing something to help her future but as we all know the Step Mother becomes a volatile force that attacks Ella’s happiness. Amazingly enough, you see a resilience in Ella, that goes beyond the usual remakes of Cinderella and shows a strength and beauty in character one could only desire.


In Kenneth Branagh’s Version of Cinderella you become enchanted with a beauty and kindness that at many times would have been hard for most to carry out, yet you see a strength and fiery nature to her that makes your realize this kindness is not a sign of weakness but of strength and wisdom. This Cinderella isn’t a damsel in distress but a proactive woman who’s also full of kindness and love to those who seem to senselessly attack at her her happiness.


Then comes the prince played by the gorgeous Richard Madden who’s blue eyes captivate every scene he’s in. Taking his character in a depth that hasn’t been taken before. He doesn’t just play a “prince in shining armor” ready to save the princess in distress. He manages to show a  sensitivity and beauty in his character that shows a gentler and more emotional side than one would expect from the prince.  He shows chivalry in character but isn’t afraid to show sensitivity and love invoking one of the most tender and touching scenes in the movie when his father the King dies.


When talking about Cinderella one can’t go without mentioning the Evil Step Mother played by Cate Blanchett. This role truly showed a side of her acting that was awe inspiring because of the depth of her meanness almost reminiscent of a classic Hollywood Vileness. Showing off an amazing wardrobe of gorgeous greens and reds that show an outer beauty that is unsurpassed yet an inner ugliness that takes over every scene. She even complements this rendition with an Iconic laugh that definitely captures the spirit of a true Villain.


Kenneth Branagh was able to do something so extraordinary with this movie. He was able to capture this classic story and remake it into a story in which people from ages 5-95 would leave with the sense of magic and beauty that this story embodies. He didn’t detour from the original story but added elements that brought forth the Disney Animated classic and made it into a live version that would enchant viewers of all ages. Be ready to cry,laugh and fall completely in love with this movie. You will be transported back into your childhood, you will embrace the magic of this movie and you will want to share it with all those you love.


As a mother of small children I am so excited about this movie and have purchased tickets to take my 4 little ones to see it today on opening day. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I saw it during the world premier. I know this movie will enchant you and your children in such a way that you won’t just take away the beauty and cinematographic artistry that embodies this work of art. You and your loved ones will take home the lesson of Kindness, a lesson so needed in our world today. A characteristic that many lack in today’s day and age, yet Ella manages to embody. She manages to show how true and important that character trait is and how crucial and necessary it can be even when you think you have no more kindness left in you.

We all have so much to learn from this lesson. If we just had an ounce of the kindness and love Ella shows to the hardships around her this world would truly be a better place.

Check out the trailer below and make sure and head to theaters this weekend to watch Disney’s Cinderella.

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  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    I just love Cinderella. I can’t wait to see this movie with my family. Thank you so much for sharing

    March 24, 2015 at 9:33 am
  • Reply krista williams

    I love Disney movies. The creation of a story on film that offers a lesson to children about love and caring for others, is always going to be a favorite for me.

    March 17, 2015 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Gabrielle Dennison

    I saw the trailer for Cinderella when seeing Into the Woods and my boyfriend and I both wanted to see it right there and then. Unfortanlty we both probably have to wait for the movie to come out on blueray.

    March 16, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Tanya R

    Looks like a good movie, but I would have to wait until it comes out on DVD to Watch it

    March 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply barnolds barnes

    I really like that it’s not a cartoon.

    March 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Rachel K.

    It looks like it will be pretty good. I probably won’t see it in theaters, but will wait to watch it on DVD with family.

    March 16, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Erin Y.

    So looking forward to seeing this. My favourite as a child

    March 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey

    Really want to see this!

    March 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Mandie

    Love everyone in this movie, I hope it’s good!

    March 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Angela Norman

    I might possibly be going to see this movie this weekend!

    March 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Frazee

    I would love to see this movie and sure I will. Ive heard it is a little different from the original version but it looks so elegant and fairytaleish like the original to me. I like a twist every once in awhile.

    March 16, 2015 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Lynn B

    I’m pretty hesitant to see this movie because like you I’m concerned about them messing with a classic! But your review is very compelling. I bet the beautiful scenery would be best seen on the big screen!

    March 16, 2015 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply J. Metcalfe

    I need to go see this movie!!!

    March 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Irina Stiles

    Will have to watch this movie. Sounds very interesting.

    March 16, 2015 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Jessica D

    I absolutely LOVED this movie!!!

    March 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Judith Sévigny

    I cannot wait to take my 4 y.o. daughter to the theater!

    March 16, 2015 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Karen Giasson

    Looks like a very interesting movie. I am taking my 6 year old granddaughter this week.

    March 16, 2015 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Heather

    I would love to see this but I’m not sure I can get my 2yr old to sit through this with her sisters.

    March 16, 2015 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Carrie

    I cannot wait to see this! Unfortunately my boys don’t want to go, so i will have to take my nieces!

    March 16, 2015 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Heather Dickens

    I’ve never been into Cinderella but it looks good.

    March 16, 2015 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Heather Rhoden

    My girls are excited for this one!

    March 16, 2015 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Michelle L

    I wanna watch this movie.

    March 16, 2015 at 9:01 am
  • Reply Robert Grieco

    I loved this “stuff” all my life! 🙂

    March 16, 2015 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Anne

    Heard this was the 31 movie this weekend.

    March 16, 2015 at 8:51 am
  • Reply asleep12

    Looks like a great movie. I’m excited to go see it.

    March 16, 2015 at 2:21 am
  • Reply Heather Garcia

    My girls are 5 and 7 and have been begging me to take them to see this movie. After reading your review now I want to see it.

    March 16, 2015 at 1:39 am
  • Reply krista williams

    I have heard that this is a great movie.I can’t wait to see it with my granddaughter.

    March 16, 2015 at 1:35 am
  • Reply Kelly

    This looks awesome! I like cartoons, but transforming them into more realistic looking movies is so cool.

    March 16, 2015 at 12:50 am
  • Reply Linda Tang

    I will probably wait for the DVD to watch it.

    March 16, 2015 at 12:42 am
  • Reply Daiana

    Another fantasy?!!!

    March 16, 2015 at 12:18 am
  • Reply Nicole Violette

    I absolutely LOVE Disney movies!!

    March 16, 2015 at 12:10 am
  • Reply Jessica Beatty

    Looks like a great movie

    March 15, 2015 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply Sara P

    I never cared for Cinderella as a child because I felt she was too passive and weak and I was a fiery little thing. LOL. Sounds like I might actually like this version.

    March 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Laurie

    I have no idea what I am doing right this second.. I have this window open to comment but, have completely lost my train of thought and have absolutely no idea what I am suppose to be doing…. so waving hello ~~~~ and thanks for all the great post… going to go find my train of thought… I know I left it close by………

    March 15, 2015 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Pamela Gurganus

    This movie looks and sounds like it’s going to be awesome! I’d love to take all 5 of my nieces!

    March 15, 2015 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply rebecca g

    I would love to take my little cousins to the movie

    March 15, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I would love to see this movie I think it will be a very good movie

    March 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Katherine Dixon

    I cannot wait to see this movie!

    March 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    My girls can’t wait to see this

    March 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Lynn Desroche

    My brother saw it last night and LOVED it!! Actually, everyone I know that has seen it has wonderful things to say about it. I can’t wait to see this movie!!!

    March 15, 2015 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Laurie Arnheim

    Honestly, I’m not a big “buyer of DVD’s”, but this one… YEP gonna get it!!! Two lost souls with broken hearts because of parental loss! UGH! Then tossed together to create a romance of unbelievable proportion! LOVE this LOVE story! Can’t wait! I may even have to pay & go to the show to see it!!

    March 15, 2015 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply deb p

    love the dress.

    March 15, 2015 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Margaret MacKenzie

    Cinderella was my absolute favourite Disney Storybooks when I was a child. I hope this movie does justice to this.

    March 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply Heather D

    I liked the word you used early in the post: magical. I think Disney movies have that special something that makes them unique and timeless. This sounds like another winner. I can’t wait to take the family.

    March 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Kristen Varner

    I can’t wait to see this movie. I’ll have to watch it before I watch it with my daughter.

    March 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Amanda N.

    There’ve been so many remakes, that I’m always skeptical. Sounds like it’d be worth seeing, though! I find it interesting that they gave a bit of a modern twist by calling her “Ella”.

    March 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Patti Hess

    Wonderful looking movie! ‘her ball gown is beautiful!

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

    March 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Oh, wow! Looks awesome. I just had to look up where I knew Lily James from… funny that I couldn’t place her b/c I love Downton Abbey!

    March 15, 2015 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Candice Balser

    I haven’t been really wanting to see this movie. But after reading your review and watching the preview, I actually would like to see it now. 🙂 P.S.: I didn’t realize Helena Bonham Carter was in this movie.

    March 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Dorothy B

    Nice Movie

    March 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply D.Petch

    Cinderella symbolizes courage and determination!

    March 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Jerry Marquardt

    This is so great, my niece loves this stuff

    March 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply brenda disimone

    i love her dress !

    March 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Alona Y

    I really can’t wait to see this, I think Cate Blanchette is going to be perfect in her role and I’m curious about Lily James since I’ve only seen her on Downton!

    March 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Kayla P

    Can’t wait to see this movie. I love Cinderella!

    March 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Erica Ardali

    Who doesn’t love Cinderella? I’ve been a fan since I was a little girl. It’s just one of those timeless tales that teach that being good can bring you out in the end.

    March 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Emily Endrizzi

    I have always loved the story of Cinderella. I can’t wait to see this new version of it!

    March 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Jessica Haynes

    One of my friends just saw this movie and said it was awesome!

    March 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Ashleigh Swerdfeger

    It does look like a good remake. I like that the themes are so prolific~ I will take my son if he wants to. Or maybe go myself. lol

    March 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Holly Thomas

    I will take my niece to see this.

    March 15, 2015 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Linda Szymoniak

    I’ve always loved the Cinderella story. This movie looks beautifully done.

    March 15, 2015 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Sandra Watts

    I am still looking forward to seeing this movie. I enjoy watching Disney movies.

    March 15, 2015 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Lula Ruger

    I would really love to see this i love this kind of movie that ia for everyone

    March 15, 2015 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Pamela Halligan

    I plan on taking my niece to see Cinderella. It’s one of her favorite fairy tales.

    March 15, 2015 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Silvie

    I cant wait to go see this movie! Cinderella is one of my favorites as a child and it is going to be fabulous to see it not animated. 🙂

    March 15, 2015 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Michelle

    I have to find a big blue tutu dress type thing to wear to this movie with my nieces who are 6 and 4. we are looking foward to going dressed up! silly and so much fun

    March 15, 2015 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Judy Maharrey

    i would like to take my granddaughter to see this. i think it is going to be a big hit, and it sounds like a good movie you would buy when available.

    March 15, 2015 at 10:23 am
  • Reply vickie couturier

    I want to take my older grandaugthers to see this movie ,I think they will love it

    March 15, 2015 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Joni

    I so can’t wait to see this! Going to have to grab a girlfriend or two 🙂

    March 15, 2015 at 8:16 am
  • Reply K. Finn

    I saw a girl today dressed as Cinderella, with her mom at Target, so I can tell people are excited about this movie.

    March 15, 2015 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Mariah

    So excited to see an original redone!

    March 14, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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  • Reply Willow

    I want to see this:)

    March 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply sandier

    I was not actually interested in seeing this film, but I have changed my mind after reading your review. I have always loved Cinderella, and I was afraid it was going to be one of those dumb Hollywood live action remakes that make the main characters soulless and boring. I am now looking forward to seeing the movie! Thanks!

    March 14, 2015 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply megan Tilley

    This movie looks so great!

    March 14, 2015 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Anne Marie Carter

    This movie looks fun.. I can’t wait to see it.

    March 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Dana Matthews

    Awe…now I want to go see it! May just do that tomorrow after Church with my great nieces! Beautiful.

    March 14, 2015 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply Michelle M.

    I’m taking my little one to see this next week! Can’t wait!

    March 14, 2015 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Tiffany Becker

    Can’t wait to see this!!! 🙂

    March 14, 2015 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Marnie G (Derrick Todd)

    I’m really looking forward to seeing this with my daughter (even though she is older). The dress on the movie cover is stunning!!!

    March 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Amy Flecknoe Moyer

    Cant wait to see.

    March 14, 2015 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply amy deeter

    i can’t wait to see this movie with my youngest is so excited

    March 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Amie H

    So interested in seeing this. It is so much more interesting with actresses than a cartoon.

    March 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Rhonda R

    This movie looks lovely without being OVERDONE or rewritten and updated … uggggh! I will see it for sure!

    March 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Katyann Marne Driver

    completely sold out local 🙁 hope to see this amazing movie with my little princess

    March 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply David Balkin

    I don’t think I ever saw the original Cinderella as a child. I’m excited to see it with my daughter!

    March 14, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Martine

    Tried to go see it yesterday, but there was no place left! 🙁 But I’ll definitely go see it next week!

    March 14, 2015 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Natalie Nichols

    It looks like they did a great job casting this movie, although it’s different from the original storyline.

    March 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Maggie kent

    I still need to watch this! So excited!

    March 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Merrill

    Can’t wait to see this movie!

    March 14, 2015 at 8:57 am
  • Reply anita

    I was always a fan of cinderella growing up so definitely excited to see this movie!

    March 14, 2015 at 4:04 am
  • Reply Chantal J

    I can’t wait to see this movie! I did see some Barbie like dolls of the characters at the store and Helena does not look like the real thing at all!

    March 14, 2015 at 2:10 am
  • Reply Maritza Robinson

    . It looks so beautiful. I love all Disney movies. So I am really excited to see this movie. Can’t wait.

    March 14, 2015 at 1:50 am
  • Reply Theresa Jenkins

    I was 7 when I watched my 1st “Cinderella” movie>>>>Lesley Ann Warren Stars in “Cinderella” TV Special (February 22, 1965…I’m looking forward to taking the grandkids to see this

    March 13, 2015 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Jessica Lodge

    I’m sure this movie is going to be great, but I’m a little bit of a traditionalist and kind of would like these movies to stay in the cartoon realm.

    March 13, 2015 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply Alejandra Teran

    Cant wait to watch this with my kids, tnks!

    March 13, 2015 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply sandy weinstein

    been watching how they made the dress, and the comments abt her small waist on tv. she is a skinny person anyway, said she wore a corsett. the dress took soo long to make. love the horse.

    March 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth C

    I wish there were an iridescent diaper, like her dress.

    March 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Sarah Ann Dela cruz

    I’ve always loved this tale! Can’t wait to see this interpretation!

    March 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply LIz Stinson

    I am so excited about this movie.

    March 13, 2015 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Beth Z. Patt

    This looks so cute. Two actresses from Downtown Abby, can’t beat that.

    March 13, 2015 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Margot C

    I can’t wait for this, Kenneth Branagh is a genius, Lilly James is terrific, ditto Cate Blanchett – even Sophie McShera is in it!

    March 13, 2015 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Sarah box

    can’t wait to see this!

    March 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Tamra Phelps

    I actually heard someone complain on the radio this morning (on a news show, talking about little girls & their princess fixation), saying: Oh great, we are back to blonde haired/blue eyed princesses. I just had to roll my eyes. There are Princesses for every little girl out there. You can find a movie for your child no matter what hair/eye/skin color you seek. So, let’s give one to the little girls with blonde hair & blue eyes, lol.

    March 13, 2015 at 5:49 pm
  • Reply Laurel O.

    I haven’t heard much about this movie until now. I am definitely looking forward to seeing it!

    March 13, 2015 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Vanessa Richard

    wish i had a little girl to take to see this but my girl isnt due til may

    March 13, 2015 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Morgan E.

    oh looks fun!!! I’ll have to watch it when it comes out on DVD

    March 13, 2015 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    I plan to see it on Tuesday ($5 day). Kindness is something we all can have more of.

    March 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Marlete Ledford

    I am so excited to see this!! I grew up watching Cinderella and I can’t wait to go and see this with my daughter 🙂

    March 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Kristy Naylor

    Is he from game of thrones?? Can’t wait to see this!

    March 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      YES!! The King of the North!!! And he’s amazing in this movie.

      March 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Mary Czerczyk

    I would like to see this movie myself. I say the movie trailer and it looks like it is going to good.

    March 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    ^_^ I’ve already been so excited to see this movie! <3

    March 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Lisa Edwards

    After reading this I am about to grab and my daughter and go to the movies! The scenery, the costumes and the locations look absolutely fabulous.

    March 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply DD

    I love your descriptions of the characters. Your Cinderella posts have got me really excited to see this movie! It looks like it’s going to be absolutely fantastic.

    March 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Dandi D

    This look like such a great movie. If I had daughters, I would definitely take them to it.

    March 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Kristina D

    I’m looking forward to when baby comes and I have an “excuse” to watch kid-movies again 🙂

    March 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Katie K

    Looks great!

    March 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    I am excited to see this one and I am fine with them re-writing the story a bit.

    March 13, 2015 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Ronald Oliver

    My granddaughter wants to see this! So we’ll be taking her! 🙂

    March 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Stacy Renee

    I kind of wish I could go see this today.

    March 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Kari Barone

    This looks like a wonderful character building feature for children.

    March 13, 2015 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Vickie

    This is going to be a special movie. And, the hype is huge for it. It will be a hit, imo.

    March 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Destiny Wells-Arsenault

    This looks amazing

    March 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Brittany M

    Can’t wait to see this movie. Taking my niece since my little man doesn’t want to go. I loved this story when I was a kid.

    March 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Tara Caudillo

    My girls want to see this movie!!!

    March 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Amanda F

    Cinderella was my favorite growing up. I’m excited about this one!

    March 13, 2015 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Britney Cooper

    My girls are excited about this coming out.

    March 13, 2015 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Jennifer Michelle Ora Kreisler

    I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for this to come out.

    March 13, 2015 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Raquel P

    I can’t wait to take my girls to see this. <3

    March 13, 2015 at 11:18 am
  • Reply lisa

    This may be a bit different from the old version. When I was young, I loved these stories. Now, I have a bit of a problem with the whole young girl waiting for her prince to come, happily ever after thing. Why can’t she break away, get an education, become something on her own?

    March 13, 2015 at 10:39 am
    • Reply ConservaMom

      This version is a different and she isn’t waiting for her prince to come. He actually just happens to come which is an interesting difference for original versions. She actually shows a great strength in character that you don’t see with the original. In this movie she actually asks him if he’s willing to accept her for who she is before she “leaves with him” I think Ken did a fantastic job at bringing in very modern elements while still keeping true to the story. In the end this is the way the story goes, it is how it is and even during the time period,education wasn’t a priority for women so to change that element is changing the whole story line. It’s ok to believe in a little magic and love when we all know the real world isn’t like that.

      March 13, 2015 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    very beautiful

    March 13, 2015 at 10:06 am
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