When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Destined to be a Disney classic. This is a confidently directed, well-acted, beautiful telling of the traditional fairy tale with a very strong emphasis on the themes of courage and kindness in the midst of trying circumstances. Cate Blanchett is superbly understated as the villainous stepmother. Lily James (Broken) plays Cinderella as a suitably sweet but strong female character. The cinematography and costumes are sumptuous There’s no revisionism here. It’s a straightforward telling of the story that is fresh and playful. This is quintessential Disney.