The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortune of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be king.”
She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is a dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming kit. Also, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips her dress. Cinderella is a 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz. Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur for Walt Disney Pictures, the story is inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault (with some references from the Brothers Grimm‘s version of the story). Although not a direct remake, it borrows many elements from Walt Disney‘s 1950 animated musical film of the same name. The film stars Lily James as Ella (“Cinderella”), Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (the Wicked Stepmother), Richard Madden as Prince Charming, Sophie McShera as Drizella, Holliday Grainger as Anastasia and Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother.
The film had its world premiere on February 13, 2015, in the out of competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. It was released on March 13, 2015. The film received positive critical reviews and has grossed over $253 million worldwide.