I got to screen the much-anticipated Cinderella movie on Tuesday night and I am thrilled to recommend it.

Every person near and far knows the story of Cinderella. But to see it come alive in Disney’s live action film is magic. Perfectly cast and directed by Kenneth Branagh, this interpretation stays true to the fairytale we all know. But what I didn’t expect was the deep down emotions the actors bring to the characters. You will truly believe that the Prince (Richard Madden of Game of Thrones) and Cinderella (Lily James of Downton Abby) have fallen in love at first sight. The story is so moving that you will tear up a time or two. OK, I was crying. By the way, there is so much chemistry between Richard Madden and Lily James that they have just been cast in the stage play Romeo and Juliet. This will reunite them with director Kenneth Branagh again. Magic, I tell you.

This film is rated PG and I suggest you go see it. It’s a great family film that opens on Friday, March 13 nationwide. Get your movie tickets here. As a special treat, you will get to see Disney’s Frozen Forever short film immediately before Cinderella.

“Have courage and be kind.” ~ Cinderella

Happy Wednesday! xoxo- Tanya

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Photo credit: File photo’s/ Cinderella world premiere


The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) 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 kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred 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 (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

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