How Cinderella Got Her Groove Back

March 16, 2015 2:40 PM

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With so many adaptations of “Cinderella” out there, what is it about Disney’s latest incarnation that attracted a massive crowd over its opening weekend? The live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale exceeded expectations to earn an estimated $70m from US theaters and another $62m internationally. That’s on par with last year’s Maleficent, yet that live-action reworking of Sleeping Beauty had the appeal of spinning a new take on the story. Cinderella, as scripted by Chris Weitz and directed by Kenneth Branagh, was fairly straight in its adaptation of a very familiar plot.

Perhaps that faithfulness is the reason. While not everything is lifted and literally fleshed out from Disney’s 1950 animated feature, especially where the soundtrack is concerned, it’s pretty close. And as much as audiences like fresh approaches to beloved characters, they also just simply like to ...

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