This film is based on the book of the same title by Gail Levine. The book is equally enjoyable but don't watch this film expecting it to be similar!
Anne Hathaway stars as Ella of Frell, a spunky young woman who was given the gift of obedience at birth. Anything she is told to do she must do, regardless of what it is. When her mother dies, her father remarries the typical "evil stepmother" (wonderfully portrayed by Joanna Lumley), giving Ella two new stepsisters. Unfortunately for Ella, they soon realise she must obey and make her do a variety of things!
Ella realises she must get rid of the "curse" and sets out to find the fairy who cast it to ask her to remove it. The journey is long and hazardous and in the end, Ella learns that what's inside her is stronger than any spell.
A typical fairytale story brought up to date. Younger girls will love it and the introductions of two songs throughout the movie (Somebody to Love and Don't Go Breaking my Heart) also helps keep it fresh and new for older audiences.