Director: Kay Cannon
Writer: Kay Cannon
Stars: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Nicholas Galitzine
RATING: 2.5 Stars
A modern movie musical with a bold take on the classic fairy tale. Our ambitious heroine has big dreams and with the help of her fab Godmother, she perseveres to make them come true. – From IMDB
OK, own up, who was it that petitioned for yet another reboot/rerelease/remake of Cinderella? Has the litany of mediocre Disney live action reboots not been enough for you? This film isn’t outright awful, but there is nothing of substance in it too make it truly good either. Literally everything about it is mediocre, and sometimes, that’s the worse thing overall.
The ‘historical movie with modern day songs’ thing has been done a thousand times, and probably peaked back in 2001 with my much beloved Moulin Rouge, then again, I could be being very very biased. But whether that is a musical style you enjoy or not, the musical numbers are easily the best part of this film, even if the choice of songs doesn’t always seem to make that much sense. And luckily we aren’t graced with another performance from Pierce Brosnan a la Mamma Mia, because I don’t think audiences would ever have recovered.
Camila Cabello does a fairly decent job as our leading lady. Singers come actors have a sketchy reputation, but thankfully, her performance here isn’t too horrible. She just comes across as very flat, never really showing that much emotion at all. She is a fantastic singer, but we already knew that, sadly her acting skills aren’t quite up to that level. Everyone’s favourite verbal punching bag, James Corden makes a thankfully small appearance here, is basically the same as always, and that’s all there is too say about that. Billy Porter was an inspired choice to play the fairy godmother, and he was easily my favourite part of the film, sadly he also only appears for a short time, but that was one part of the film that really made me smile.
The production value though is to be congratulated. The film LOOKS spectacular, literally like something out of a fairy tale, which I guess is the point. The sets and costumes are beautiful, though for me not quite topping the dress from the Lily James 2015 rendition of the story. And that right there gets to the crux of my problem with this film, everything it tried to do, was done just slightly better by someone else.
Not exactly a disappointment, because I didn’t expect much, but I hoped that maybe it could have supplanted my expections.
Cinderella is streaming now on Amazon Prime.