Cinema review: Cinderella

Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Lily James as Cinderella.

KENNETH BRANAGH’S career continues to mystify me. In the early 1990s he was the poster boy for the RADA’s new wave, his peers included Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, and Jonathan Pryce, but it was Branagh who catapulted to fame first through adapting, directing, and acting in big budget adaptations of Shakespeare.

However, after Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, and an incredibly ambitious four hour version of Hamlet, people grew weary of his style. When Baz Lurmhan showed what you can do with a modern take on Shakespeare in Romeo + Juliet, suddenly Branagh seemed old fashioned. From there he struggled in Hollywood, appearing in the worst film ever made, Wild Wild West, and other forgetful stinkers.

Since the mid 2000s he has had some moderate hits and some clumsy misses. Whether it is for the pay cheque or a genuine attempt at trying something new he now directs Hollywood blockbusters. Some have been rubbish (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and some have been decent (Thor). I was intrigued to learn he signed up for Cinderella though. He did always have a good eye for recreating classical texts and what is more of a modern classic then the ‘golden age of Disney’?


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