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Cinderella (2015)

When we were younger we had every Disney book and my kids to this day, have all of the movies. My daughter loved watching Cinderella as well as my sisters and me, pretending to be like her and hoping our prince would come. And not that that actually happened for us, it did for Cinderella.

Unlike so many of the fairy tale-themed movies of the last few years, this version of “Cinderella” is a straightforward, traditional retelling. It takes itself seriously. It's also a breath of fresh air for that very reason. Instead of fluffing the story with unnecessarily forced plot lines, complicated back stories, villains that are are just misunderstood.

We all know that Cinderella was abused by her stepmother and stepsisters when her dad passed away, this is s modern day turn on it. Its still the story that we have come to love, with more of a twist. Cinderella, however, has style, substance and, most importantly, heart. I genuinely believe that Disney did something right by keeping the magic alive in this film. While most people were probably expecting a sword-wielding action hero, I'm happy that Disney treated their most beloved character with the uttermost care and respect. The castle is the visual centerpiece. Interestingly, the digital graphics are so convincing that one wonders just how elaborate the set had to be. It was everything I always dreamed Cinderella should be, from the little mice to the wonder and splendor of her carriage, and it takes me back to my younger years.

The purity, innocence and beauty was captured beautifully by Lily James, as well as the wicked and darkly beautiful stepmother by Cate Blanchett. The prince's love for his father and complete love for Cinderella was wonderfully portrayed by Richard Madden.

You can get your copy on Amazon.

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