Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter give scene-stealing performances in this old-fashioned fantasy film
Disney’s new Cinderella movie isn’t a straight remake of the 1950s animated original, but it’s no radical departure either. Directed by Kenneth Branagh – who, as director of 2011’s Thor, is clearly capable of rendering comic superheroes with intense drama – this old-fashioned fantasy film is made memorable by sumptuous visuals and impressive performances. Downton Abbey‘s Lily James and Game Of Thrones‘ Richard Madden are likeable as Cinderella and Prince Charming, but they’re topped by scene-stealing turns from the Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett as the mean Wicked Stepmother, and Helena Bonham Carter, whose Fairy Godmother displays her bumbling charm. There’s a sense that Branagh is restrained by the dated subject matter, but Cinderella impresses nonetheless.