Review: Cinderella, 2015, dir. Kenneth Branagh


“The most inventive thing about Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella may be that it’s not particularly inventive at all. That’s because it doesn’t have to be—it’s Cinderella. Branagh’s take on the ages old fairy tale is a handsomely made affair, but it’s the vein of self-assurance running beneath his aesthetics that makes his film feel vital. Rather than pop the hood on the story and retool its parts, he simply lets them be, tinkering with only a couple of mechanical adjustments here and there in the process (which are so minor that only purists might be bothered to discuss them). We consider narratives like this timeless for a reason, after all, and Branagh is smart enough to know that you don’t mess with a time-honored yarn without good reason.” (Via Paste Magazine.)


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