Disney’s Cinderella Waltzes into Theatres Friday

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“Wake up. No one will outshine my daughters.” Evil stepmother bragging? Or is it possible that this Disney stepchild – the live-action version of the studio’s iconic animated film – will outshine the original?

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Coming to theatres this Friday, the film stars Lily James as the put-upon orphan beauty Ella, and Richard Madden as her Prince. Cate Blanchett shows her deliciously bad-girl side as the Stepmother; Helena Bonham Carter leaps out of character to become the Fairy Godmother; and Holliday Grainger and Sophia McShera fill out the cast, as the vapid, simpering stepsisters Drusilla and Anastasia (or is it the other way around?).

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How does this film fit into threeifbyspace, you may ask? First, we do review Once Upon A Time, which is based on fairy tales; and I wanted to review it. It’s fantasy, right? Just because it’s beautiful and rated PG doesn’t mean it’s not suitable for our site.

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The original Cinderella, released in 1950, was always my favorite Disney animated film. The bluebirds and mice making a dress that is then torn apart. The pumpkin turning into a beautiful glass coach. Will the handsome prince find the lovely, shy Cinderella? And how can she walk on feet that tiny? I’m quite excited to see this new film – the trailers look incredible. Look for my review! Directed by Kenneth Branagh, with amazing costumes by Sandy Powell.

Erin Conrad