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Summary / Analysis
Times of India
: The popular fairy-tale gets a layered polishing with the newest Disney outing.
: You'll be happy to know that the adaptation of French author Charles Perrault's oft rendered Cendrillon is done with depth. After the studio's attempt to redefine the contours of preachy fairytales (with films like Maleficent), director Kenneth Branagh delivers quintessential comfort cinema with this flick.
It's a surprise that despite opulence being its selling point, the film doesn't shirk away from adding layers to the fable. It's tough to bring newness to a story this widely read but Branagh has smartly added nuances to his hoard of characters. The supporting cast is ruthlessly negated, despite visible promise. But this situation allows the film to remain invested in the myriad shades of its titular character, who is an epitome of empowerment in a very different sense of the term. She is pliant yet holds her ground without seeming priggish.
Over its runtime, you'll inevitably stumble upon the movie's finer elements. The scene, where the evil stepmother reveals her reasons for ill-treating Ella, is striking. Screenwriter Chris Weitz earns credit for being able to bring in perspective and highlight the stepmother's loneliness and age as legitimate reasons to be envious of Ella, instead of conjuring up a plain black-and-white narrative.
The film's simplicity is its boon. As passe as the terms 'kindness' and 'courage' sound in the real world, this movie ably catapults one to the era of quaintness, where faith could turn life around. It's an effort to reinstate hope that 'magic' still exists.
Technically, the film is spectacular. The grand ball scene is fabulously done and the CG is used correctly. Largely minimal on special effects, the visual marvel is exhibited in the fancy choice of locations. The scene where Ella meets the Prince is dreamy.
The film is vividly narrated and banks on the mettle of its story and acting. Lily James as Cinderella and Richard Madden as the Prince(Kit) deliver fresh performances with a pleasant chemistry.
Holding the trappings of its fairy tale source, Cinderella is a treat to watch.
The role of Ella was first approached to Emma Watson.
In the ball room scenes - there were dresses of other iconic Disney princesses.
This is director Kenneth Branagh's second outing with the studio after Thor in 2011.
Lily James was thrilled about her blue ball-gown.
Mark Romanek was first going to helm this film but left the project due to creative differences.
In the movie, Cinderella's dress is white, but in promotional material, it's blue.
Cinderella actually loses a shoe 3 times in the film: first, when she delivers the breakfast trays (causing Lucifer to look under the wrong cup), second, when she is running from the ball, and third, walking down the steps with her new husband.
Not only is the name of the Prince never revealed, he is nowhere in the film mentioned as "Prince Charming".
Walt Disney turned for the first time to "Tin Pan Alley" song writers, to write the songs. This would later become a recurring theme in Disney animation.
The carriage that Cinderella and the Prince take after the wedding has an emblem of a sword and two hidden Mickey Mouse heads around it.
The transformation of Cinderella's torn dress to that of the white ball gown was considered to be Walt Disney's favorite piece of animation.
All the animal characters in Cinderella were written to speak. Major had a song entitled "Horse-Sense" which she sang with Bruno after being scolded for growling at Lucifer.
The first film to be worked on by all nine of the legendary "Nine Old Men" of the Walt Disney animation department.
The story takes place roughly in June. In the movie, the sun rises slightly before 6:00 AM (in France), as it would within a few weeks of the summer solstice. Also by this time, a pumpkin would have grown to 20-40 pounds.
The real name of Gus, the mouse is Octavius. This may be in reference to Octavious Caesar, who was given the title Augustus, which can be shortened to simply Gus.
When Ella's father leaves home, the horses of his carriage have no white legs. But when the camera comes back after a shot of Ella, the whites are visibly there.
On the palace clock, the Roman numeral 4 is written as "IIII" instead of "IV". However, historically, 4 in Roman numerals was written "IIII". The subtractive system in Roman numerals in which 4 is written as "IV" is fairly recent.
When Cinderella and the Prince are getting married, Cinderella wears a long-sleeved wedding gown. Afterwards, when we see them through the back window of the carriage, her gown has puffed sleeves.
When Cinderella and the Prince are dancing, just before they go out into the garden, they cast large shadows onto the wall. These shadows do not match their movements.
Cinderella's bed sheet has patches, but when the birds fold it, the patches are gone.
When Cinderella is getting dressed in the morning she pulls the hair ribbon around all of her hair. In the next shot it is tied only around half.
In the morning while Cinderella is singing, Jaq is sitting on the headboard of the bed, then once the palace clock chimes Jaq is at the foot of the bed.
When Cinderella wakes Lucifer up at the beginning of the movie, she opens the room door from right to left. The shadow of the door on the floor moves from left to right.
In the opening scene of the mice sewing the dress, there is a pink bow being lifted to the collar. In the next shot of the dress, it's gone, and later on the birds use ribbon to tie the bow
All throughout the movie, Drizella's ball gown changes from being yellow green to a lighter one.
At midnight, when Cinderella is escaping in the carriage, we see a full moon low to the horizon. A full moon at midnight must be at its highest elevation with respect to the horizon. Only in polar regions could it be as low as it appears.
The morning after the ball, when Cinderella is under the stair receiving orders from her stepmother, the clock besides her changes hour between shots.
An adaptation of the fairytale, begins with the narration of Fairy Godmother. Little Ella is her parents' prized possession. A happy, chirpy child, she lives in an estate with them. Her father is a merchant who is often on long tours. Everytime he is gone, Ella misses him very much. Since her very childhood, her mother instilled some strong values in the girl. She was kind to animals and pets. They even understood what she told them. In a lot of ways, Ella and her mother were alike. The picture-perfect life is ruined when Ella's mother dies of illness. Her dying words for her girl 'was to have courage and be kind'.
Ella grows up as a strong woman. In her late teens, Ella learns from her father one day that he decided to wed again. The widow of a certain acquaintance of his has taken his liking and she and her daughters come to the estate to live with Ella and her father.
Ella's step-sisters Drisella and Anastasia, along with the step-mother were welcomed warmly but they were underwhelming in their demeanor and approach. When Ella's father leaves home on business, her step-mother soon-after gives away Ella's room to her step-sisters. She is shifted to the attic on the pretext of redecoration of the rooms. Ella is happy about it and accepts it unquestioningly.
Her father dies while on his trip. The news comes as a shock to Ella but instead of sympathizing with her, she is reduced to a maid running home errands. To keep her money from being wasted, she makes Ella do the household jobs and gets to eat the leftovers of the mothers and the girls.
Since the attic gets cold at night, Ella sleep beside the cinders. One morning she is discovered with soot on her face and name is rechristened to Cinderella. She is not even allowed to eat breakfast with them. The cruelty crushes her and she flees on horseback to the forest.
She ends up meeting Kit, (who we later discover is the Prince of the Kingdom) in the middle of a hunting party. He is one of the hunters and she develops a liking for him. Kit tells her he is an apprentice at the palace. It is then revealed that he is only son of the dying king and the royal family is looking for a suitable bride for him.
Though the law allows the Prince to marry someone only of a royal origin, he falls in love with Ella - the mystery girl he meets in the forest. The Prince throws a royal ball for all women in the kingdom in the hope she will turn up. Th Prince is told to select a bride for himself at the Ball.
Ella's family is thrilled about the ball. Her sisters hope that the Prince will choose one of them as the bride. They begin preparation for the ball and the dresses are sewed. But Cinderella decides to make her own dress since she was being ignored. When she gets ready and wears her mother's dress for the party, the sisters and step mother tear the dress and ridicule her before leaving for the party.
She breaks down and her fairy Godmother surfaces to tell her that she has come for her rescue. She redoes her dress, gets her glass slippers, turns the farm goose into a carriage-man, a pumpkin into a carriage and lizards into her guards. She arrives for the ball in style and the prince is enamored by her. He dances with her all evening and spends time with her discussing life and hopes. At the strike of midnight she flees or else the magic will wear out. By the time she reaches home, she turns herself. Her glass slipper is left behind at the palace which the prince finds.
The King dies soon and his last wish was that his son marries for love and not for royal compulsions. The announcement is made that every maiden in the kingdom will try out the shoe and the prince will marry the one whom it fits. Ella goes home to find her shoe but her step mother had already discovered it. She destroys the shoe and tries to make a deal with Ella. But Ella doesn't give in to her deal and remains strong. Lady Tremaine locks Ella in her room and brings the thing to notice of the Grand Duke in return of being made the countess and her daughters be married into respectable families.
All maidens of the land try the shoe and it fits none. In the end, they come to Ella's home and it fits neither the mother nor the sisters. On their way out they hear Ella singing, and it is decreed that the shoe is tried by the home's maid. It fits her and the Prince recognizes her. On her way out, she tells her step mother that she forgives her.
In the last scene, the two are sen married and they are the kindest rulers of the land. They live happily ever after!