Creator/owner, Storybook Entertainment
Where and with whom did you see the movie?
I saw the movie with my husband, Johnny Fortuno, at Consolidated Theaters in Koko Marina, Hawaii Kai.
Overall, what did you think?
I was expecting something pretty spectacular, seeing as Cinderella is such a classic. As I myself am immersed in the world of beautiful and intricate costuming, I was preparing myself to be somewhat thrown off, as Cinderella is known for her signature blue gown with the exaggerated hips and fancy updo. However, Disney’s new take on her character was modern and beautifully done. The film never caused me to think back on the original and compare the two, as it was like meeting the character for the first time. The movie also relays a beautiful message about courage and kindness, as Cinderella navigates her way through her difficult reality by utilizing the lessons her mother and father instilled in her.
Without giving away the ending, what was one of your favorite scenes?
I truly loved the scene with the Fairy Godmother, Helena Bonham Carter, where she transforms the pumpkin into a beautiful carriage. True to the original, she uses her magic to create horses out of mice, coachmen out of lizards and, of course, transform Cinderella from rags to near royalty. The special effects in this scene were really incredible and, as always, Helena brings her own magic to these types of creative roles.
On a scale of one to four stars, what would you rate this film?
★★★★ — earned by being beautifully done and cast very well. Also, Johnny says, “because I’m a dude and I even enjoyed it.”
What did you think of the cinematography?
As with any Disney film, the cinematography was incredible and breathtaking. They never disappoint in this area, and again they created a beautiful and inspiring piece with brilliant colors and detail that really captured the elegance of the story.
Did any of the actors stand out?
All of the characters were very well-cast. I was not familiar with Cinderella, Lily James, or Prince Charming, Richard Madden. But both were incredible (and Prince Charming was pretty darn charming). Cate Blanchett also won me over with her portrayal of the wicked stepmother. I wasn’t particularly a fan of hers, but I became one after seeing her bring this character to life.
Did you identify with any of the characters?
Of course, Cinderella! In the process of building our business, I have had to study many classic tales and embrace the character of many icons such as Cinderella. Our characters are inspired by these great examples of courage, tenacity and selflessness. We do our best to embody who these characters are, as we have been watching them and identifying with them throughout our lifetimes.
Did the soundtrack contribute significantly to the film?
My husband and I both had successful careers in music, and that being said, we are normally sensitive to soundtracks creating a tone in a movie or “making” particular scenes. In all honesty, however, this soundtrack to me went somewhat unnoticed. As I’m sure it was beautifully saturated with underlying orchestration, nothing particularly stood out in this film, which is unusual, as Disney’s blockbusters often include award-winning music to go alongside them.
On a different note, what’s new with you?
Our company has grown exponentially since its launch a mere eight months ago. We have been having so much fun and have had some really amazing opportunities as well to share our talents with those who really need and deserve a smile on their faces. We are happy and excited to announce we now have more than 25 inspired characters and are venturing into boy characters, as well, in 2015. Our inspired costumes are the heart of our business, as they are handmade by us and Custom Couture. Check out our website at StorybookHawaii.com.