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Cinderella
Cinderella 2015 official poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Produced by
Screenplay by Chris Weitz
Starring
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Haris Zambarloukos
Editing by Martin Walsh
Studio
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date(s) February 13, 2015 (2015-02-13) (Berlin)
March 13, 2015 (2015-03-13) (United States)
March 27, 2015 (2015-03-27) (United Kingdom)
Running time 106 minutes
Country
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $95 million
Money made $543 million

Cinderella is a 2015 romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, with a screenplay written by Chris Weitz, and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Kinberg Genre, Allison Shearmur Productions, and Beagle Pug Films. The film is based on the folk tale and is a live action adaptation of Walt Disney's 1950 animated film of the same name. It features Lily James as Cinderella, and includes Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Development for a live-action reimagining of the original animated film began in May 2010, with producer Simon Kinberg attached to the project. In late January 2013, Branagh signed on to direct, with Weitz hired to revise a script from Aline Brosh McKenna. In November 2012, casting began with Blanchett being the first to sign on; James was eventually cast in the titular role in April 2013. Principal photography began at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England on September 23, 2013, and wrapped on December 14.

Cinderella had its world premiere on February 13, 2015, at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and was released theatrically in the United States on March 13, 2015, and in the United Kingdom on March 27 in standard and IMAX formats by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It grossed over $542 million worldwide, becoming Branagh's highest-grossing film to date as a director. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with many praising the performances of the cast (particularly Blanchett, James, and Bonham Carter), Branagh's direction, musical score, costumes, production values, and faithfulness to the original animated film. It received a nomination at the 88th Academy Awards, 21st Critics' Choice Awards and 69th British Academy Film Awards, all for costume design.

Plot

Ella and her parents live happily in a large house with a few servants, until her mother falls ill. Ella promises to follow her mother's dying wish: to have courage and be kind. Years later, Ella's father marries recently-widowed Lady Tremaine, who has two unpleasant daughters, Drisella and Anastasia. Ella's father leaves on business, and Lady Tremaine reveals her cruel and jealous nature, forcing Ella to give up her bedroom to the stepsisters and move into the attic. When Ella's father unexpectedly dies, Lady Tremaine dismisses the household staff to save money, and forces all of their chores upon Ella. Seeing Ella's face covered in cinders after sleeping by the fireplace, her step-family mockingly dubs her "Cinderella".

Distraught over her step-family's treatment of her, Ella rides off into the woods, where she encounters Kit, the crown prince, out hunting. He hides that he is a prince, and instead introduces himself as a palace apprentice. Ella and Kit take a liking to each other, but they part without him learning her name. The King discovers he has little time left to live, and urges Kit to take a princess as his bride at the upcoming royal ball. Kit persuades his father to invite every eligible maiden in the kingdom, hoping to see Ella again.

As her step-family is leaving for the ball, Ella attempts to join them, wearing a refashioned dress of her mother's. Tremaine and her daughters destroy the dress and leave Ella behind. She runs out to the garden in tears, and meets an old beggar woman, who reveals herself to be Ella's Fairy Godmother. She magically transforms a pumpkin into a carriage, mice into horses, lizards into footmen, and a goose into the coachman. She then transforms Ella's ripped gown into a beautiful ball gown, and gifts her a pair of glass slippers. As Ella departs, the Fairy Godmother warns her the magic will end at the last stroke of midnight, and casts a final spell to prevent Ella's step-family from recognizing her.

At the ball, Kit is delighted to see Ella and gives her the first dance. The Grand Duke, having promised Kit to the Princess Chelina of Zaragosa for political reasons, expresses his annoyance and is overheard by Lady Tremaine. Though surprised at Kit's true identity, Ella bonds with the Prince. Before she can tell Kit her name, the clock chimes midnight and she flees the palace, losing one of her slippers. The Grand Duke pursues her; however, when the magic dissipates, Cinderella is able to hide in the woods. She returns home and hides the remaining glass slipper under the floorboards.

The King dies, but not before giving his son permission to marry Ella. Now the new king, Kit issues a royal proclamation professing his love for the “mystery princess” and requests she present herself. Ella hurries to retrieve the glass slipper to prove her identity. However, Lady Tremaine has found the slipper first, and declares she will only allow Ella to marry Kit on the condition that Ella make Lady Tremaine head of the royal household and find respectable husbands for the stepsisters. Ella refuses, and Lady Tremaine smashes the slipper and locks Ella in the attic. She brings the remains of the slipper to the Grand Duke, who says he will agree to her terms if she keeps Ella hidden forever.

The Grand Duke and the Captain of the Guard lead the search for the mystery princess, trying the slipper on every woman in the kingdom, but it refuses to fit anyone. At Ella's house, the shoe fits neither stepsister; the company prepares to depart, but hear Ella singing "Lavender's Blue". The Grand Duke urges them to leave, but Kit, who has secretly accompanied them, commands the Captain to investigate. The slipper fits Ella, and she and Kit promise to accept one another for who they truly are. As they leave, Ella forgives her stepmother. Soon after, Lady Tremaine, her daughters and the Grand Duke leave the kingdom, never to return. Ella and Kit marry and become the kingdom's most beloved monarchs, ruling with the same courage and kindness that Ella had promised her mother.

Cast

Music

Cinderella (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by
Patrick Doyle
Released March 10, 2015
Recorded Air Lyndhurst Studios (London)
Genre Orchestral
Length 84:57
Label Walt Disney
Producer Kenneth Branagh
Patrick Doyle chronology
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
(2014)
Cinderella
(2015)

On June 7, 2013, news confirmed that composer Patrick Doyle would score the film, with the music having an emphasis on romance. Doyle has previously scored several Branagh films, including Hamlet and Thor. He has also scored the Disney·Pixar computer-animated fantasy-comedy film Brave. Doyle recorded the film's score with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman at the Air Lyndhurst Studios in London.

The soundtrack debuted at No. 60 on the Billboard 200, selling 8,000 copies in its first week.

Track listing

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "A Golden Childhood"     3:56
2. "The Great Secret"     3:01
3. "A New Family"     2:15
4. "Life and Laughter"     1:34
5. "The First Branch"     2:11
6. "Nice and Airy"     1:53
7. "Orphaned"     3:46
8. "The Stag"     4:56
9. "Rich Beyond Reason"     1:43
10. "Fairy Godmother"     2:47
11. "Pumpkins and Mice"     4:32
12. "You Shall Go"     3:02
13. "Valse Royale"     2:06
14. "Who Is She?"     3:20
15. "La Valse De L'amour"     2:34
16. "La Valse Champagne"     1:35
17. "La Polka Militaire"     1:47
18. "La Polka De Paris"     1:22
19. "A Secret Garden"     2:48
20. "La Polka De Minuit"     2:02
21. "Choose That One"     1:16
22. "Pumpkin Pursuit"     2:28
23. "The Slipper"     1:00
24. "Shattered Dreams"     4:10
25. "Searching the Kingdom"     2:51
26. "Ella and Kit"     2:11
27. "Courage and Kindness"     4:38
28. "Strong"   Sonna Rele 3:14
29. "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"   Lily James 2:00
30. "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo"   Helena Bonham Carter 2:28
31. "Strong (Instrumental Version)"     3:14
32. "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Instrumental Version)"     2:01
33. "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (Instrumental Version)"     1:21
Total length:
84:57

Impact

After the release and success of Cinderella, along with Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Christopher Robin, Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan ‍—‌ Walt Disney Pictures has announced the development of several other live-action remakes from their Animated Classics series. Since the releases of these nine films, Disney has announced the development of live-action adaptations of Pinocchio, Fantasia, The Sword in the Stone, The Black Cauldron, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lilo & Stitch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bambi, Robin Hood, and Hercules. The company also has plans for live-action spin-offs of Peter Pan, One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs along with live-action prequels to Aladdin and the original Cinderella.

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