Nearly a century after that black-and-white cartoon short, and 65 years after a "classic" animated feature that missed the mark, Disney finally got Cinderella right -- for now and, happily, ever after.
Cinderella is a wonderfully realized family feature that retains the strengths of its source material while at the same time updating it for today's audiences.
The colors - good lord. They're like nothing you could experience in the real world. Cinderella's behemoth of a ball gown alone is 50 shades of blue.
Some of the supporting players, most resplendently Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Derek Jacobi as the ailing king, are very fine. The film never soars, though.
I'm all for confection, but this movie takes that too far. Cinderella and the prince look like they belong on a wedding cake.
The new film... is nothing if not a tribute to old-fashioned virtues, of care and craft and modesty, of simple stories well told.
"Cinderella" feels real enough to be sincerely touching at the same time it's visually inventive enough to be magical. We've all seen this story, true; but we haven't seen it told this effectively.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh with a sprinkling of stardust, dashes of good humor, and a respect for the corniest kinds of romance, Cinderella is a winning re-do of Disney's 1950 animated classic.
In being faithful to the traditional tale interpreted by Disney in their animated 1950 classic, this Cinderella is crisp escapist enjoyment.