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Cinderella

Well, since we don't seem to have a thread yet, I thought I'd go ahead and start one. Who saw it, who's going to see it, what did you think?

There aren't really any spoilers to give away. I feel reasonably certain that everyone on this message board knows the basic gist of the story. It's mostly a re-telling of the original with lots of additional character development and some very nice visuals.

I really enjoyed this movie. I'm not a huge fan of the stylized CGI that Disney has been using in live action films of late, but I definitely found it less jarring in this movie than in, say, Maleficent or in Oz the Great and Powerful. As can be expected, the gowns were beautiful, but I also appreciated the care that was taken with the men's costumes. Often I feel like the men's costumes just blend into the background, but here they were on equal footing as far as color and ornamentation.

The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh and his Shakespearean background is evident throughout the film. There's an air of sophistication and grace about this film that's missing in some of its live action predecessors. I'm far from being a Shakespeare fan, but the blending of that sort of ambiance with the Cinderella story really worked beautifully.

A lot of the cast was new to me. I understand that many of them are in Game of Thrones, but I don't watch that show, so basically Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, and Stellan Skarsgard (does this man age? He looks younger than he did in Good Will Hunting and that was nearly 20 years ago.) were the only familiar faces for me. New or old, WOW! This cast was spot on. I don't think that these roles were probably the most challenging in the world, but all of the actors did a great job of bringing depth to these characters.

The writing was believable and real. I didn't notice a single awkward line. In fact, the only awkward thing that caught my attention was the fact that both Cinderella and her mother were blonde, but their eyebrows were not. I feel like makeup dropped the ball a little bit with that one. Otherwise, the film was very clean, classic, sweet, and entertaining.

I would note that children might not appreciate the film in its entirety. It's certainly appropriate for all ages as the story is very vanilla and there is no violence, questionable language, adult themes, or any other such concern. They don't revert back to the original source material and have maidens chopping off their toes to fit into the slipper or anything, but the dialog will be very difficult for most children to follow and the several plot points with regard to Cinderella's family are quite clear to the adults in the audience, but might easily fly over the head of a child. If you are taking a child who is younger than about 10-years-old, I would watch the animated classic with them first so they know what the heck is going on.

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I almost forgot about the Frozen short! It was better than I expected, but it was definitely hanging onto the cliff the entire time. Part of the original reason that I was lukewarm on Frozen at first was because while the music is fun, interesting, and at times beautiful, some of the lyrics are downright bizarre. The short definitely mirrored the strange lyrics phenomenon, but they always managed to pull it back before going completely off the rails. Overall, I liked it, but I definitely think it was every bit as flawed as the feature film. It's cute and endearing, but don't be surprised when it doesn't win an oscar for best animated short next year.

The previews on the other hand...I was excited about Inside Out when it was first announced and this preview is the most I've seen of it. It looks like it's destined to be another Pixar hit! Wow! Also Pan looks interesting and we'll definitely be making plans to see that in the theater as well.

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I really loved the movie. My favorite scene was the ballroom scene when they dance. It made it feel like I was there! The movie was just so visually appealing, the sets and costumes were amazing and I thought the casting was great too.

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We are going this weekend! I am so excited as I have been waiting for what seems like forever. I know my daughter will be thrilled to see the short.

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My dad took Blondie to see it and she loved it! I will go when the crowds die down a bit or early one Tuesday morning. (I HATE THEATERS) Ok, not the theater it's self, just some of the people in them LOL. Can't wait. I've only heard good things about it!

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Thanks for the review, Holly! I'm so glad to hear good things! It's so hard for DH and I to get to the theaters with an 18 month old (we're so busy all the time that we usually try and reserve the babysitters for absolute necessities), but we might have to try and plan a date night for this one.

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Allie wrote:
Thanks for the review, Holly! I'm so glad to hear good things! It's so hard for DH and I to get to the theaters with an 18 month old (we're so busy all the time that we usually try and reserve the babysitters for absolute necessities), but we might have to try and plan a date night for this one.

It was a great date night movie, Allie!

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I really liked it! I wasn't too sure what I thought going in to seeing it, but I sure was happy that I had by the end. It was a pretty straight forward retelling of the Disney Classic Cinderella, with exquisite costumes and sets, beautiful digital work. The acting was very good - Cate Blanchett absolutely nailed her performance and her own twist on Lady Tremaine. muchlove

I must admit I went in not wanting to like the Frozen short at all, but by the end I was giggling at that too.

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I saw it on Saturday and enjoyed it too. Had to laugh at your comment on the eyebrows. My friend's husband was complaining about it too. LOL

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Same thing with Aurora's eyebrows in Maleficent? Drove me crazy the whole movie.

The preview for Pan looks interesting!

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