Disney treated us to the magical first trailer for Cinderella, the live action remake directed by Kenneth Branagh, shortly before Christmas. Now they have chosen to usher in the New Year with a sneak peek, which though only one minute long does a fine job of making us even more excited for the movie’s arrival.
Starring Lily James as Ella, the short clip also showcases Helena Bonahm Carter as the Fairy Godmother, who, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, steps forward to change Cinderella’s life forever. It seems a few more animals must be dragged into the foray too, as during the clip a coachman can be seen saying, “I can’t drive, I’m a goose.”
Of course, Cinderella also meets and falls in love with her Prince, having previously unwittingly met him in the woods when on horseback and mistaking him for an apprentice at the palace. Despite the fairytale romance, it is perhaps worth noting that Cinderella never actually wished to meet a man and fall in love, she simply wanted to go to the ball and party. A girl after my own heart.
I am totally in love with the heightened, brightened reality of this live action movie. It might be real people on our screens and not animated characters but they are all brought to life with a true touch of Disney magic, from the ethereal beauty of Lily James’ Cinderella, to the cunning use of disguise for the Fairy Godmother, to the wickedness of Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine. In fact, I think it might well be Blanchett who steals the show as the evil stepmother out to wreak havoc with the fortunes of poor old Ella, who is condemned to a life of servitude under her watchful gaze.
Will Cinderella be able to uphold her mother’s dying words, which encouraged her to “have courage and be kind”? Well, this is one fairytale to which we all know the ending, but it will certainly still be fun to watch it all unfold.
Cinderella will be released March 13 in the US and March 27 in the UK.
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