BY KAITLYN WALKER, Staff Writer
The story of “Cinderella” is a tale as old as time – no, wait, that’s the wrong Disney movie. Anyway, it’s hard not to know the fairy tale of a young servant girl whose dreams come true when she falls for Prince Charming.
Disney’s remake of the classic animated film from 1950 hit theaters March 13 at the stroke of midnight. Although cherished songs like “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and “Bibidi-Bobbidi-Boo” were not in the new live-action film, it seemed to be just as magical as the original.
“Disney finally got Cinderella right — for now and, happily, ever after,” said Richard Corliss, writer for Time Magazine.
Director Kenneth Branagh, also known for directing “Thor,” took this movie to the next level by adding so much more to the storyline than in the 1950s version. For instance, instead of meeting the prince at the ball, Ella (only called Cinderella by her step –family) comes across him hunting a stag in the forest.
A Rotten Tomatoes reviewer said, “Instead of trying to show us a different angle of the classic tale or trying to cast the villain as the lead or tell us the ‘Cinderella story you haven’t heard’, Branagh is simply happy to tell the story again in a powerful way with a new and strong cast.”
It’s hard not to have an amazing movie with a cast compiled of actors such as Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother, “Downton Abbey” star Lily James as Cinderella, “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden as Prince Kit, and 2-time Oscar nominee Helen Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother.
While the cast is a very important part of making a movie great, so is the soundtrack that carries the audience through the journey. Despite the lack of grand musical numbers like the original animated “Cinderella”, Patrick Doyle crafted beautiful music that still gave off the magical fairy tale feel.
In just one weekend “Cinderella managed to generate over $70 million in ticket sales just in the United States. That’s almost $10 million more than Disney’s last live-action film, “Maleficent”, made its entire duration in theaters. The movie has also grossed $62.4 million in overseas ticket sales thus far.
Disney spent a grand total of $95 million on making the new “Cinderella” movie and had doubts that it would break even once it was released in theaters. In just one weekend they have raked in $38 million more than their production costs.
This new fad of live-action fairy tale movies will continue on with “Pan” flying into theaters this summer and “Beauty and the Beast” in 2017. Let’s hope that these films rise to the same greatness as “Cinderella” seems to have done so far.
As Cinderella’s mother told her before she dies, “I don’t have a lot of time left, so remember this: have courage and be kind. Where there is kindness, there is goodness and where there is goodness, there is magic.”