Kenneth Branagh’s live-action retelling of Cinderella features sparkly blue prom dresses, CGI mice, Robb Stark, and Cate Blanchett as Cinderella’s evil stepmother Lady Tremaine.
We all know the story of Disney’s Cinderella but the trailer gives pretty much everything away, including what her dress looks like at the ball. It’s like watching a SparkNotes version of the movie that hits on all the key scenes, which means my interest in watching Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella next year has come way down. If there’s a Red Wedding reference, however, then count me in.
The CGI animals and fairy godmother (played by Helena Bonham Carter) look pretty horrible. From the trailer, we know that Cinderella’s mother (Hayley Atwell) will get significantly more screentime than the Disney movie, as she tells her daughter to “have courage and be kind”. Cinderella (Lily James) and Prince Charming (Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden) also have a chance encounter in the woods before their fated meeting at the ball. Throw in an excuse for some sword-fighting, too, between Charming and another Game of Thrones actor, Nonso Anozie — because this movie has to have some action.
Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) and Sophia McShera (Downton Abbey) play Cinderella’s evil stepsisters, Anastasia and Drisella. In one of the Cinderella sequels, Anastasia becomes a more sympathetic figure, eventually falling in love with a baker. We’ll see if the movie retelling goes there or hints at a redemption arc for Anastasia in the inevitable sequel.
For another live-action version of Cinderella, check out Ever After starring Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, and Anjelica Huston. Or go back and read the original “Cinderella” fairy tale, because that is some dark and scary stuff.
Cinderella will be released in theaters on March 13, 2015.