“Holly on Hollywood”
by Holly McClure
For generations “Cinderella” has been a familiar story to girls and boys of all ages. Young Ella’s father marries Lady Tremaine and gains two obnoxious stepsisters– her father unexpectedly passes away leaving her with a broken heart and doing servants work for her step-mother and sisters who mockingly call her Cinderella. Despite her misery, Cinderella clings to her mother’s dying words – “have courage and be kind.” After a chance meeting with a handsome stranger in the forest, a ball is held for all eligible ladies in the Kingdom to meet the prince but Cinderella is told she can’t go and the rest is what fairy tales are made of…Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter star
Disney does it again! They took their animated version and made it come alive under the direction of Kenneth Branagh. The movie is beautifully filmed, has incredible sets and costumes – exquisite sparkling glass slippers and a gorgeous bright blue ball gown that every girl (young and old) will want! And the magical transformation from a pumpkin to a carriage, complete with footman and coachmen, is very creative!
James and Madden make a perfect royal pair – Blanchett gives a classic performance adding a new dimension to the typical wicked step mother role – and I enjoyed the positive dialogue for kids that constantly refers to courage, kindness, love and giving forgiveness.
There’s nothing questionable in Cinderella and I’m quite sure it will become a classic – it’s a perfect movie for the child in all of us that loves to be entertained with fairytale magic!
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!