Our heroine and the prince meet in the woods while he’s hunting. He is totally taken with the flaxen-haired beauty.
A change in this version has the king issuing an edict that the prince must pick a bride at the ball. The prince — hoping Cinderella will attend the ball — convinces daddy to let all of the kingdom to attend. The king’s top adviser has other ideas for the prince’s future.
A change or two more, and the rest of the story — as they say — is history.
Richard Madden — who is one of the stars of Game of Thrones — plays the prince. He’s deadly boring, as is Stellan Skarsgard, who is the king’s chief adviser.
Another problem is the length. Disney’s Cinderella ran 74-minutes. Today, that’s a long TV show. The new, live action version — dare we call it action? — of Charles Perrault’s classic is 112 minutes, about 38 minutes longer. Less if you stay for the credits.
This isn’t saying director Kenneth Branagh ( Thor) and screenwriter Chris Weitz’s ( About a Boy) version is bad. Even with a change or two, Cinderella is a pretty good love story. A bonus is sets and costumes that are as colorful and gorgeous as the 74-minute Disney 1950 original.
And that leads us back to that 38 minutes. With a story as short as Cinderella, it’s 38 too many.
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