Cinderella (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Cinderella (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As old school and classic Disney as you can get, Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of the classic Cinderella is a charming, funny and beautiful film that will be loved by older children and just about tolerated by most parents!  Actually that’s pretty harsh – the filmmaking craft alone on display here is worth watching (sumptuous visuals, glamorous clothing and stunning sets), as are the central  performances of Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Game Of Throne’s Richard Madden.   And in fact whilst it’s pitched, and often feels like classic straight Disney the Cinderella as presented here is no wallflower, instead a strong, independent Disney princess up there with some of the best of them.  So overall whilst you’ll be dragged along by the kids, you’ll probably end up secret quite enjoying it.  I did.

Best Bit: The Ball

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Buy (for the kids)

If You Liked this Try: Enchanted, In The Woods, Maleficent

 

 


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Cinderella (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Cinderella (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As old school and classic Disney as you can get, Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of the classic Cinderella is a charming, funny and beautiful film that will be loved by older children and just about tolerated by most parents!  Actually that’s pretty harsh – the filmmaking craft alone on display here is worth watching (sumptuous visuals, glamorous clothing and stunning sets), as are the central  performances of Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Game Of Throne’s Richard Madden.   And in fact whilst it’s pitched, and often feels like classic straight Disney the Cinderella as presented here is no wallflower, instead a strong, independent Disney princess up there with some of the best of them.  So overall whilst you’ll be dragged along by the kids, you’ll probably end up secret quite enjoying it.  I did.

Best Bit: The Ball

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy (for the kids)

If You Liked this Try: Enchanted, In The Woods, Maleficent

 

 


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Cinderella – A Quick Capsule Theatre Review

Cinderella – A Quick Capsule Theatre Review

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Cinderella is my third annual pantomime in the Eastbourne Devonshire Park and probably one of the funniest I’ve seen yet.

The stand out moment is the glittering carriage being pulled by a magnificent flying horse but as usual with Eastbourne the rest of the staging is top notch. Writer and director Chris Jordan strikes a masterful balance between the child friendly jokes and the knowingly adult winks and at times sales about as close as you can get. And yup predictably you get numbers from both The Greatest Showman and that Baby Shark song.

Regulars include comedian Tucker stars as Buttons with his usual foil, pantomime dame Martyn Knight, as one of the Ugly Sisters.  Joining them is Scott St.Martyn as the second Ugly Sister, Hilary O’Neil as Fairy Godmother, Graham James as Baron Hardup, Katherine Glover as Prince Charming and Laura Baldwin as Cinderella.  But never doubt that those in the know are hear only (well mostly) to see Tucker and Knight who once again steal the show.

In short this is yet another must see – full of jokes, humour and heart. 

Cinderella is currently performing at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne from the 7th December 2018 to the 13th January 2019

 

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Beauty And The Beast (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Beauty And The Beast (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s fair to say that watching the live action Beauty And The Beast that it feels like Emma Watson was born to be a Disney princess.  Her doe eyes, freckles and boundless charm feel make her perfectly cast in the role of Belle.  What’s more Belle brings a fair degree of independence as is far away from being a helpless passenger here.  She’s the best thing about this highly enjoyable entry in the Disney Live Action Remake franchise.  Beyond Watson the film is well directed, the support cast are charming, the effects for Beast flawless and the songs well staged. If it has a fault it’s that it seemingly adheres too much to the animated film.  This aside, there’s loads to enjoy here and no doubt the film will charm kids by the bucket load.

Best Bit: Emma Watson

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Beauty And The Beast (1991)

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Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2015 (Updated)

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2015 (Updated)

2015: In Review Quick Review Year In Review

So 2015 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year. So here it is: my pick of the BEST films of 2015.

Film of The Year: Whiplash 
In Brief: Lets be honest this was my No1 film of the year from the moment I watched it.  Excellent performances , superbly made and expertly edited – this was one of those once in a decade type films.  A must watch and 100% my tempo.

 

 

2. Inside Out 
In Brief:  Pixar delivers big after a few years of “meh” movies.  It made me laugh.  It made me cry.  It made me remember why I fell in love with films again.

3.  Shaun The Sheep
In Brief:I have a real soft spot for Shaun The Sheep – a funny, charming animated feature where barely a word is spoken.

4. Birdman
In Brief: For most of the year this ran a very close second to Whiplash and even now it ‘s still one of the bets film of the year.  Innovate, different yet totally captivating.

5.Star Wars The Force Awakens
In Brief: It’s Star Wars and after the horrid memory of the prequels still leaving a bitter taste so much could have gone wrong.  It didn’t.  It delivers.  It sets a high bar.

Bubbling under:
6. The Martian, 7. Sicario, 8. Kingsmen: The Secret Service , 9. Pitch Perfect 2 , 10. Unfriended , The Infinite Man,  John Wick ,  Focus,  The Theory Of Everything, Going Clear , Cinderella ,  Man Up, Son Of A Gun

 

Blog: Cinderella – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Cinderella – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
As old school and classic Disney as you can get, Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of the classic Cinderella is a charming, funny and beautiful film that will be loved by older children and just about tolerated by most parents!  Actually that’s pretty harsh – the filmmaking craft alone on display here is worth watching (sumptuous visuals, glamorous clothing and stunning sets), as are the central  performances of Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Game Of Throne’s Richard Madden.   And in fact whilst it’s pitched, and often feels like classic straight Disney the Cinderella as presented here is no wallflower, instead a strong, independent Disney princess up there with some of the best of them.  So overall whilst you’ll be dragged along by the kids, you’ll probably end up secret quite enjoying it.  I did.

Best Bit: The Ball

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy (for the kids)

If You Liked this Try: Enchanted, In The Woods, Maleficent

 

Author: Phil Hobden