Critic Chat: CinderellaScreen Shot 2015-03-12 at 4.01.26 PMIn this case the glass slipper fit perfectly. I will admit I went into the movie expecting very little. I left wondering what happened and why did I enjoy it so much.

I knew going into it the cast was pretty solid. With Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother, Stellan Skarsgård as the Grand Duke and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother that’s a pretty good start. Each were excellent in their roles. I was familiar with Cinderella herself, Lily James from Downton Abbey and the Prince, Richard Madden from Game of Thrones. Both were very charming and had great chemistry together. Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger were also great together as the stepsisters.

The cinematography was beautiful and I loved the little throwbacks to the Disney cartoon.

Surprisingly, it was funny and the story moved along at a great pace. I highly recommend it and I would watch this over the animated classic.