Here are the top five reasons to go out this weekend and see "Cinderella" in theaters this weekend.
1. The movie has a stellar cast
From Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother to Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, "Cinderella" features a fabulous array of actors. Fans of "Downton Abbey" are sure to enjoy this movie in particular. Lily James is the star, and she plays flighty cousin Rose on the popular British show. Sophie McShera, who portrays the kitchen maid Daisy on "Downton Abbey," is one of the stepsisters. I'm particularly excited to see Richard Madden, most famous for playing Robb Stark on "Game of Thrones," act as the charming Prince. It's good to know that somewhere in the universe, Robb Stark gets to live happily ever after (emphasis on the "live").
2. Kenneth Branagh is the director
Branagh is a brilliant director, perhaps most famous for his film adaptations of Shakespearean plays such as "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993) and "Hamlet" (1996). He also directed "Thor" (2011), bringing dramatic flair to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Branagh's experience as an actor in and director for numerous Shakespeare adaptations will hopefully translate well into the storytelling of "Cinderella," putting a theatrical spin on a classic tale.
3. The film is beautiful
A fairy tale should look and feel fantastical, and "Cinderella" seems to have the perfect aesthetic. From the beautiful costumes, designed by Sandy Powell, to Haris Zambarloukos's stunning cinematography, the movie will be as visually pleasing as it is entertaining.
4. It will remind viewers of their childhoods
Disney's 1950 animated "Cinderella" is one of the most well-known children's movies of all time, and for good reason: it's as charming as the prince who falls in love with Cinderella. Watching the new "Cinderella" will be a nostalgic experience for viewers, but it will also give them a new perspective on the classic tale. It will be fun for parents who were raised on the old animated film to show their kids this new version. It will also be a fun break for college students like me, a chance to revisit childhood days before midterms and deadlines.
5. "Cinderella" is the perfect spring film
This winter has been especially brutal, especially for the Northeast. It seemed like every week had a new storm and more snow. At long last the ice is beginning to thaw, and there is hope for the summer. "Cinderella" is premised on the power of hope, and goodness, and it is therefore the perfect film for spring. As flowers begin to appear and new life is breathed into the world, it will be good to watch a movie full of wonder where new life is breathed into an old tale.
Grace Segers is a student at Tufts University and a contributor to Moviefone's Campus Beat. Are you a current college student with a love for all things movies and TV? Contribute to Campus Beat!
After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things. Read More