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by E Davis (subscribe)
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Three words: Swarovski Crystal Pumps - Nuff said
glass slipper Cinderella crystal shoes

If you're a lady who loves a comfy pair of sparkly heels, then there's no reason why you wouldn't be dashing out the door right now to go see this movie. Don't even worry about locking up. Just go. Whatever happens, the house will still be there. And if it's not, you won't care anyway, cause you'll have looked into the eyes of an almighty shoe goddess (costume designer Sandy Powell) and seen paradise.

And there's some stuff in there that the kids should enjoy as well. But anyway, back to the shoes . . .

Cinderella is Disney's live action revival of the 1950 cartoon classic, where a poor orphaned girl is raised as a servant in her own home, berated this way and that by an evil step-mother and step-sisters, until a pretty, wavy-haired man with lots of money comes to save her. As you may have heard, for the most part, the story is exactly as it was so no plot surprises however there are a couple of teeny differences:

1. The director, Sir Kenneth Branagh, wanted to make C-Rell less of a victim and more of a strong willed lass, with a mind and and opinions of her own (in a nice, happy sort of way). Here, here!
2. Back stories. The parents of both Cinderella and the prince are explored in more depth, a change which extends to almost all of the characters in general they are no longer simple archetypes. In fact the only ones who remain unchanged are the evil step-sisters.
3. New characters. The foreboding Stellan Skarsgard steps in as a nasty Duke-advisor to the king. You may remember him from Thor (also directed by Branagh).
4. No musical numbers. If this makes you sad, don't fret - the music is still there, and I'm not saying anymore about it.

cineplex Hawthorne cinemas Cinderella movie
Now showing at comfy old Hawthorne Cinemas

This one is ideal for the kids to see over the Easter holidays, particularly all the little (and not so little) princesses out there. I'll admit, at the film's intro scenes, I was a little disappointed as it felt like it really was going to be a real 'children's film.' But as the fairy tale progressed this feeling dissipated and I can safely say the adults can enjoy this one without pretending.

A second shout out for costume designer Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria, Shakespeare in Love). Every bit of cloth is gorgeous, and I wouldn't be surprised if she was put up for another award (Powell has already accrued three Oscars and a string of awards and nominations for her previous work).

The film stars Lily James (Downton Abbey), Richard Madden (A Game of Thrones don't worry, this wedding goes much smoother then the last one he attended), Cate Blanchett (best actress ever), Helena Bonham Carter (another brilliant actor, and awesome fairy godmother), Derek Jacobi (knighted TWICE), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and loads of other talented folk.

Cinderella is rated G, is now showing pretty much everywhere, and runs for 105 minutes plus an extra 8 minutes for the Frozen Fever short. Yep, there's a mini Frozen cartoon before the flick. Surprise!
Frozen fever cartoon Anna's Birthday Cinderella movie

For trailers and fun stuff click here.
For cinema times at Hawthorne, Bulimba, South Bank or Victoria Point click here.
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Why? It'll make you and the kids happy
When: There are currently day and evening sessions
Phone: Check out the website of your local cinema
Where: Your local cinema
Cost: For Hawthorne - children $4.50, adults $8.50 max
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