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Cinderella: Funny, camp and girlie... I had a ball

By Frances Burscough

I've often wished I had a daughter to do "girlie" things with and when I was invited to the exclusive Press preview of Disney's Cinderella, it was just one of those occasions.

So I did the next best thing and took my GBF (gay best friend) with me instead.

Before the opening credits rolled, he'd already told me all about the wardrobe department and all the issues and problems they had producing something so sumptuous as Cinderella's magical gown for the ball and the incredible Swarovski crystal slippers.

I really loved it, from start to finish, but it definitely is a movie to see with kids or, as in my case, an appropriate adult.

Cinderella herself - played by Lily James - is delightfully sweet and innocent... or as convincingly sweet and innocent as it is possible to be for a Hollywood starlet in her 20s.

The wicked stepmother, played by Cate Blanchett, is outrageously funny and as camp a villain as you'll see anywhere outside of an actual pantomime.

In fact there were so many laugh-out-loud moments that my GBF and I guffawed all the way through.

As for the handsome Prince Charming, Richard Madden from Game of Thrones, he was suitably dashing and charismatic to keep both of us swooning and sighing between the belly laughs.

I recommend this film for anyone who either has a daughter, a grand-daughter, a gay best friend or is simply young at heart and nostalgic for the good old fairy tales where every character either gets their heart's desire or their comeuppance in the end.

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