Movie Review- Cinderella (2015)

After coming off the disastrous Sleeping Beauty remake Maleficent, the 2015 Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, gives us a sentimental look at how our favorite childhood films brought smiles to our faces.

Ella is a beautiful girl with a beautiful family and a mother who teaches her to believe in anything, even magic. After the mother dies, and her father marries a deeply disturbed woman with two spoiled daughters, he too dies and Ella is left alone to be treated like a servant by her evil stepmother.

However, after a chance encounter with the prince, and some help from her animal friends, Ella’s life is soon taken for a magical ride.

I will admit, after the disaster that was Maleficent, I went into this film with very VERY low expectations, but truth be told, it was a good, heartwarming film. Lily James (of Dowton Abbey fame) shines as Disney’s rockstar princess and Cate Blanchett sends shivers down your spine as the evil stepmother.

It is definitely old school Disney, something I have missed of late. I hope that the upcoming Beauty and the Beast remake will take the same approach as this film and make us feel enchanted.

PARENTAL CONCERNS- Mild thematic elements

CAST:

  • Lily James as Ella (“Cinderella”)
    • Eloise Webb as young Ella
  • Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine, the main antagonist.
  • Richard Madden as Prince “Kit” Charming
  • Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother
  • Nonso Anozie as Captain
  • Stellan Skarsgård as The Grand Duke
  • Derek Jacobi as The King
  • Hayley Atwell as Cinderella’s Mother
  • Holliday Grainger as Anastasia Tremaine
  • Sophie McShera as Drisella Tremaine
  • Ben Chaplin as Cinderella’s Father

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey everyone! As of today, Jacob’s Librarium has merged with Lone Star Inspirations. All of my commentary, reviews, and recommendations will be together with my writings and art gallery so that you, my faithful readers, will have a more in-touch experience with all of my content.

All of my previous works are in my art gallery here and in the section titles “Librarium.” Check it out! This will be an excellent transition!

God bless all of you and enjoy your reading!

Palm Sunday 2015

What is Palm Sunday? It is an event celebrated by Christians all over the world honoring the Triumphant Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

It is important because this event because it was prophesied in the Old Testament:

Zechariah 9:9 “The Coming of Zion’s King – See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”.

When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem riding a donkey, He was proclaiming that He was the king that the prophet Zechariah foretold.

It is called “Palm Sunday” (sometimes “Branch Sunday”) because as he rode into Jerusalem, the citizens and his followers cut off branches and lay them on the road.

His disciples shouted a Psalm,

Psalm 118: 25–26 – … Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord ….

They also shouted, “Hosanna!” It is a Greek translation of the Hebrew word Hoshana word which means “savior” or “to save.” They were literally proclaiming Jesus as their savior.

Here is a fun fact, it is mentioned in all four Gospels:

Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19

Painting- Go and Sin No More

28 Go and Sin No moreBased on the Gospel of John 8:11- She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more (HCSB). It is the story of Jesus forgiving an adulterous woman from John chapter 8. It is a small canvas. It is my first oil painting.

Resource for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors

This is a combination of several authors giving us tidbits on how to write Science Fiction, Fantasy (both fictional realms and our own), and even Steampunk. It is a great resource for all of us who delve into other worlds of aliens, dwarves, and the metaphysical. Check it out!