Fairytale ending for Disney’s new Cinderella

Once upon a time, about two years ago, Disney released its animated musical Frozen and took over the world. With the studio’s shareholders (to say nothing of the makers of Elsa dolls) living happily ever after, interest in all things princesses has n

13th April, 2015
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Lily James in Cinderella

To that end, Disney has recruited director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Chris Weitz to reboot their classic 1950 cartoon Cinderella, itself adapted from Charles Perrault’s fairytale, as a live-action family fantasy. What might have been a pointless re-telling of an overly-familiar story, awash with gluey computer effects and gooey sentiment, turns out to be a cleverly updated and sumptuously stylised film; unashamedly traditional and lacking all irony or subversion, and all the better for it....

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