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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Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Normally i start my reviews with a plot synopsis – however in this case i wont insult the readers of this our fair film website, as any fool who took English Literature at school, saw the BBC Production (or the film starring Kiera Knightly) will know the story of Pride and Prejudice.  P+P+Z is, simply put, Jane Austen’s masterpiece plus an added zombie plague.
Now one would imagine that any film with this kind of title would have its tongue lodged firmly in its cheek, and be jam packed with blood, gore, fighting and lashings of typically British gallows humour  – not so im afraid.
Instead what we have here is a film that squanders its admittedly brilliant premise and does nothing more than add zombies to the P+ P story, and i know thats the whole point, but in doing so  director Burr Steers has completely forgotten to mine the kind of black comedy gold that Edgar Wright did so well with Shaun of The Dead and Neil Marshall superbly pulled off with Dog Soldiers.  Also for a film about zombies there seems to be precious few on offer, along with a surprising lack of blood and guts which stupidly seems to be nothing more than a vain attempt to appeal to a more teen friendly audience – again completely the wrong thing to do.
Ok ill admit it isnt all bad  -some of the action is alright, the photography and costume design are nice, plus  Lily James does well as the feisty Elizabeth Bennett, but Charles Dance is criminally under used as Mr Bennett as is the always reliable Lena Heady who doesn’t have nearly enough screen time to make much of an impact as a legendary zombie killer. As for the hideously dull Sam Riley as Mr Darcy – someone should have had a word with the casting team and made them get straight on the phone to ether Benedict Cumberbach or Tom Hiddleston,
In short P+P+ Z is catastrophically  wasted opportunity that in the hands of a better director (i.e Edgar Wright or Ken Branagh) would have been so much better   -indeed the lesson to learn here is that when it comes to typically British films   – leave it to the British to make them
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Author: Will Strong 

 

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