Cinderella (2015)

Movie review by Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Easy-on-the-eyes fairy tale promotes kindness.

PG 2015 105 minutes

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age 7+

Based on 56 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 72 reviews

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age 2+

How to do a live action remake!

When I was a little girl, I enjoyed watching any Disney movie. One of the first ones that my parents bought for me was the classic Cinderella. When I found out that Disney was remaking Cinderella into a live action movie, I was at first skeptical because I didn't know if they were going to do her story justice and put the needed work into it. Why try to remake something that is already so good? In the end, Disney surprised me by going above and beyond my expectations and producing one of my favorite films that even outshined the original. While watching this film, the viewer can tell it was skillfully developed by the director (Kenneth Branagh) and his team over the course of many years with its excellent writing, amazing cast, gorgeous costumes and sets, magical soundtrack, and stunning cinematography. They revamped the old tale by adding more depth and emotion to the characters and story that the original was lacking. The visual effects help to engage the audience and support the movie in a practical way that blends in seamlessly with the narrative. I believe the movie was balanced and family friendly because it was still geared towards children with hints of humor, but also had a captivating story that could be enjoyed by older audiences. There’s no hidden agendas in the story. The movie is filled with obvious good messages and positive moral actions just like its protagonist, who shows the beauty of a servant’s heart. At one of the critical points of the movie, Ella (named Cinderella by her evil stepsisters) is offered a deal from her cruel stepmother. It entails granting the stepmother power over Kit, the prince, and favorable marriages for her stepsisters in exchange for Ella to be able to be with Kit. Knowing what this would mean, Ella refuses to not only protect Kit, but also the kingdom from her calculating stepmother even if it means the cost of her future happiness. The movie was truth-filled, illustrating simple virtues that children could understand and model such as the overarching theme, “Have courage and be kind.” Furthermore, the film also had themes that even adults could emulate such as the importance of forgiveness so that one can overcome negative feelings and events from the past and move forward with their life. Likewise, even Kit’s character arc demonstrates a simple truth. Namely that just because something has been done in the past, does not imply that it is the right thing to do in the future. During the movie, Ella shows her kindness and her working spirit not only to her family, but also to others around her like the servants of her household. Almost immediately after she is forbidden from going to the ball, she helps an old woman (her disguised fairy godmother) in need. In the movie, Ella treats everyone with the same kindness and dignity. The film is motivated by and relevant to our experiences because many children and adults today face painful family situations that constantly test one’s ability to forgive others, treat even people we dislike with kindness, and to be courageous even during hard times. The movie inspires and reminds children and adults to be kind to everyone and have courage when faced with difficulties. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful film because it reminded me why I love the story of Cinderella so much.

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age 3+

Much better than expected

When I initially saw the preview, I was not exited about the movie. However, it seemed like a decent change of scenery from Frozen, so we gave it a shot. It is now one of my 3 y/o daughter's favorite movies - she even usually chooses it over the animated one (note, she usually likes movies ranked for 6y/o on this site). I also love that it has good messages ("have courage, be kind"). There is some parental death in it, but not in a particularly traumatic way. Overall a great flick!

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