After 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.
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.
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-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)