Adaptation: A Podcast Dedicated to Film Adaptations

The podcast for in-depth discussion on films and the original material they're based on.

Adaptation #121: Cinderella and Her Fairy Goose Mother

header121After our episode chalk-full of different versions of Cinderella, the hosts are slightly disappointed that the new live-action Disney version is twist-less. On the other-hand, they can’t deny that is was a gorgeous film, that it answered some questions they’d been asking and that Helena Bonham Carter can do no wrong.

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For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on Into the Woods, Maleficent, Once Upon a Time Season 3, All the Versions of Snow White, and our commentary on The Lion King.


Music by DropVox

Main Discussion

Cinderella (2015)

-Written by Chris Weitz

-Directed by Kenneth Branagh

-Starring Lily James, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden and Cate Blanchett

-Based on the fairytale which we covered many versions of on episode 116


-Visuals: Disney homage

-Format/narration/pacing: Helena’s voiceover

-Cast/chemistry/characterization: Ella and Mom, Ella and Prince, Fairy Godmother, Stepmother, Stepsisters, Prince and Father

-Plot: stays for the house/land, isn’t recognized bc of spell… but still is?, stepmother’s jealousy

-Did it stay true to book themes/tone/message?: have courage and be kind, love at first sight,

-(themes from story podcast): good prevails, oppression/class? (sometimes race), abuse/neglect, worth in beauty, fear of beauty (envy/vanity)

Next episode: Home (2015)
Previous episode: Insurgent (2015)

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