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Film: Cinderella

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Cinderella_2015_official_posterWho doesn’t love Disney right? We all love a good Disney Princess too. My favourite is Cinderella and always has been. I absolutely love Cinderella and recently got the Disney cartoon trilogy on DVD as a birthday present from a friend. You can imagine both my surprise and joy when, a few months back, I came out of the theatre at the cinema and saw a poster with a single glass slipper on it and nothing else. I had no idea a new Cinderella film was going to be made let alone how soon it was going to be released. So today, my Dad took me to see the 2015 film and I enjoyed it so much.

The story follows pretty similarly to the cartoon version (this being a live action version) until nearer the end, but even these slight variations have little influence on the narrative.  For some, that might signal a lack of imagination from the writers, but I think it’s good to bring back Cinderella in the same way for those of my generation, looking nostalgically to the past, and for a new generation who may not be familiar with the story.

‘A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes and a little help from her fairy godmother of course.’ (See link).518233194_6_610_433

The film has a fantastic cast including Lily James as the pretty Cinderella, Richard Madden as the handsome Prince, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother and Derek Jacobi as the King. Further actors in the film are; Nonso Anozie, Stellan Skarsgard, Sophie McShera, Rob Brydon and Holliday Grainger.

Cinderella 2015 has a great mix of pure entertainment, humour and action with great costumes, soundtrack and actors. It’s emotional at times. I recommend it so much.

‘Have courage and be kind’.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://news.moviefone.com/2014/05/15/disney-cinderella-teaser/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_(2015_film).
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Film: Mamma Mia

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I recently watched Mamma Mia for the first time – a few years late, I know. The reason for this is purely because Colin Firth was in it and well, after watching him in Kingsman, I wanted to watch more of his films. I fell in love with the film almost immediately and regretted that I hadn’t an interest for it when it first came out.

mamma_mia_10First and foremost, Mamma Mia is a musical and has a great soundtrack. It is necessary to mention that Mamma Mia was a stage show before a film, and the soundtrack uses purely ABBA songs. The music was very cleverly interwoven into the plot. Each song suited the mood, feelings and content of the moment where they were sung.

The acting ability in this film is unbelievable. It has an incredible cast including; Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski.  Not all of the cast are great singers (Pierce Brosnan’s singing was cringey) but I kind of love it; I love that it gives an extra comical quality to the film and shows that the actors just went out and had some fun. Additionally, I was blown away by Meryl Streep’s performance who’s acting, even while singing, was brilliant and proved why she is as well famed as she is.

Finally, the plot itself was really quite clever, sometimes cringey – but in the best way – and light-hearted.  I thought the story was really really good. Here is the imdb summary: ‘Set on a colourful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna’ or her husband-to-be Sky.

If you haven’t yet seen Mamma Mia, you need to! I truly recommend it.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above photo, it is from: http://www.seafordcinema.org/screenings/mama-mia-matinee/