Cinderella First Look: Branagh Brightens Berlinale With Classic Retelling

February 13, 2015 5:38 PM

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Say what want about the supposed cynical nature of film critics, you could have heard a pin drop in the Berlinale Palast this morning when Cinderella entered the ballroom in her lovely blue gown. Kenneth Branagh’s live action retelling of the Disney classic might be a little by the book at times- especially when compared with some of Disney’s recent fairytale outings- but it is no less of a pleasurable experience for it.

Downten Abbey's Lily James takes the titular role and we begin a wee bit earlier than before. At a young age we see her lose her mum to some sort of illness and, a number of years later, her father chooses to remarry. It’s all a little dull up until this point, truth be told, but then enter wicked s...

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