Cinderella (2015)
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +3

Director: Kenneth Branagh. Main Actors: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter.

FILM SYNOPSIS: This latest version of Cinderella explains how a lovely, happy Ella (James) becomes Cinderella, the mistreated stepdaughter of the wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett). A chance meeting of the handsome Prince (Madden) in the woods changes her life forever. It’s an old story with a new look in a beautiful setting.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Live actors instead of the usual animated characters give Cinderella a third dimension. The colorful sets, magical transformation of a pumpkin into a solid gold coach, and the glowing Cinderella as she dances with the handsome prince are pure entertainment. How refreshing to relive the joy and magic of the age-old fairy tale.

The pain of young Ella as she loses her beloved father, plus the horrible treatment by her stepmother and stepsisters, just make her stronger. What a positive message for youngsters also experiencing loss in some way. Cinderella finds comfort in nature, the animals and her dreams. She always shows respect to her stepmother and ignores the cruel jokes of her stepsisters. The crueler they are, the more they reflect jealousy, pettiness and ignorance. The targeted audience will see that beauty comes from within. Magic does play a part – the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) appears out of nowhere, and with the magic wand turns a pumpkin into a sparkling coach and animals into elegantly dressed coachmen. The homemade dress Cinderella has made for herself becomes a diamond-studded ball gown little girls dream about. A family’s disapproval or acceptability of magic will determine whether Cinderella is appropriate for their children. There is no hint of sexual behavior, offensive language, drinking or smoking. Cruel remarks and behavior always have negative consequences.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Disney

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Some dark scenes in the woods, but no injuries
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Positive messages about never giving up, love always wins
Running Time: Families
Intended Audience: Children under 10

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