CINEMA REVIEW: Cinderella with Frozen Fever (U)

FAIRYTALE .... Cinderella is out now.
FAIRYTALE .... Cinderella is out now.
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FAIRYTALE favourite Cinderella is back on the big screen.

The classic tale of a servant girl who becomes a princess has been done again and again.

But unlike the modernised versions and tales inspired by the original story, this version takes a more traditional stance.

It was nice to see the story go back to its roots and the film was really beautiful.

Disney’s live-action movie follows Ella (Lily James), who has a happy life until her father passes away and she is left in the care of her cruel stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her stepsisters Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger).

After meeting palace ‘apprentice’ Kit (Richard Madden) in the woods one day, she dreams of going to the Prince’s ball to see him again.

Of course, she is forbidden from going, but gets there with a little help from her Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter).

James is sweet and lovable in the leading role and Madden is suitably dashing as the Prince. Blanchett is as wicked as Carter is magical and the stellar cast provide wonderful performances.

Directed by Shakespearean stalwart Kenneth Branagh, the film had a theatrical feel that was very fitting.

The film went down a storm with the audience of all ages. From young children with their parents, to groups of friends, and couples, the film seemed to have something for everyone.

FAIRYTALE .... Cinderella is out now.

FAIRYTALE .... Cinderella is out now.

Packed with stunning visual effects and magical transformations, Cinderella is a gorgeous spectacle to look at.

The colourful costumes are stunning as well.

Every little princess will be desperate to see this film, and I’m sure the parents will enjoy it just as much.

It’s great for a family day out or a girly night at the flicks.

Every little princess will be desperate to see this film, and I’m sure the parents will enjoy it just as much.

In a genius marketing scheme, a seven-minute Frozen short preceded the film.

Frozen Fever sees the characters from the 2013 hit animation reunited on the big screen.

Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven, and snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) are preparing to celebrate Anna (Kristen Bell)’s birthday.

But after Elsa is struck down with a cold, the party is overrun with adorable mini snowmen.

New song Making Today A Perfect Day is brilliant and the short went down an absolute storm with the children in the audience, who impatiently sat through the trailers waiting for it.

Frozen has proven a huge phenomenon and it was clear that some of the youngsters at the Cinderella screening had gone specifically to see the return of their favourite characters.

ANIMATED SHORT ... Frozen Fever is showing in cinemas before Disney's Cinderella.

ANIMATED SHORT ... Frozen Fever is showing in cinemas before Disney's Cinderella.

The short animation was a real delight and will no doubt get everyone even more excited for the highly-anticipated release of Frozen 2.

Cinderella is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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