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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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

Review: Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit (Cinema)

Review: Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit (Cinema)

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The Review:  US Marine, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine-Star Trek) is badly wounded in a helicopter crash whilst on manoeuvres in Afghanistan, spending the next few months in hospital he learns how to walk again, and, due to his ability to analyse complex financial and economic trends, is recruited by CIA commander Tom Harper (Kevin Costner) to work undercover on Wall Street to look for possible terrorist threats and terror group funding.

In the course of his assignment he suspects something fishy is going on with a large Russian company and is sent to Moscow to investigate, putting him on a collision course with Ken Branagh’s deliciously evil business magnate who is planning a major attack on the US economy.

Shadow Recruit marks the 5th entry in the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan franchise and Paramount’s 2nd reboot of the character after 2002’s The Sum Of All Fears starring Ben Affleck.

All the previous films were good solid entertainment and pretty action packed – but never really reached the heights of Bourne or Bond  – probably because the character of Jack Ryan is a bit too much of a boy scout and lacks the edge that Matt Damon and Daniel Craig bring to their respective roles.

Surprisingly, this new chapter is the best of the bunch. I say surprisingly as I was wasn’t expecting that much from it –the choice of Ken Branagh as director seemed an odd one (even after Thor), the reviews had been average to good and it opened a couple of weeks ago in the US to so-so box office. Then again – that’s why I love films  – just when you think you are going to see something that is going to be decidedly average – you are completely proved wrong and find yourself being thoroughly entertained for 2 hours – as is the case here.

The story is a bit complicated, but the action sequences are fantastic – most notably a breathless car chase through Moscow and a really exciting ‘nick of time’ finale.

The performances are all superb, Chris Pine makes for a very amiable Ryan – as good here as he is as Captain Kirk in Star Trek,  Keira Knightley is excellent as his girlfriend Cathy – who proves she is more than just the token female character when she voluntarily becomes part of Ryan’s operation in Moscow, plus Kenneth Branagh is extremely effective as the principal (and supremely nasty) villain. The biggest surprise of all though was Kevin Costner as Ryan’s CIA commander – solid, tough as old boots, and ready for action  – he makes for a great counterfoil to Pine’s somewhat naïve Ryan and provides real depth to what could have been just a one note character – here’s hoping that Costner will do more of these very effective supporting roles as, since his terrific turn as Jonathan Kent in 2013’s Man Of Steel, he seems to be on a bit of a career resurgence.

On the downside it’s a bit cheesy in parts and could have done with a little more humour,  but when a film is as entertaining and well made as this it doesn’t really matter – one can only hope that it performs well enough at the international box office to warrant a sequel  – certainly there are enough Tom Clancy books featuring the Ryan character to make this a possibility – I for one will be the first in the queue to see his next adventure.

Reviewed By: Will Strong

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