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Is the new Cinderella a musical?

Cinderella is a 2021 romantic musical film based on the fairy tale of the same name by Charles Perrault. Written and directed by Kay Cannon, it stars singer Camila Cabello as the title character in her acting debut, alongside Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, and Pierce Brosnan. wikipedia.orgCinderella (2021 film)

Cinderella: What Fans Are Saying About The Amazon Prime Musical With Camila Cabello

CinemaBlend 10 September, 2021 - 03:20pm

We’ve seen a lot of Cinderella movies over the years, but never have we seen the rags-to-riches princess belt out J. Lo’s “Let’s Get Loud” in a fairytale finale. Amidst a world of many adaptations of the classic story, Amazon Prime’s take on the story sees Camila Cabello taking on the character alongside Idina Menzel’s evil stepmother and Pierce Brosnan as the king. Now that the movie has been streaming for a week, let’s get to what fans are talking about the movie.

As far as critics go, the reviews for Cinderella were mixed, including CinemaBlend’s review, which gave the movie a similarly mixed three out of five stars. Reviews might have been indifferent about Cinderella, but audiences overall really enjoyed this jukebox musical and had a number of reactions they shared online as to why they enjoyed tuning into the movie written and directed by Pitch Perfect’s Kay Cannon.

First of all, there was a lot of love for Cinderella’s lead, Camila Cabello, who never starred in a movie before this one. Some fans felt like they had to defend their love for the movie online with big claps going her way for her performance:

Camila plays Ella, the stepdaughter of Idina Menzel’s Vivian, who spends her days in their basement doing housework, designing dresses and dreaming of a better life for herself. Another fan pointed out their love for Cabello as Cinderella, while also giving a shout out to the rest of the cast:

I don’t care what anybody say @Camila_Cabello was the perfect person for the Cinderella role ???? I feel that everybody in this cast was casted perfectly ???? #CinderellaMovie

I mean, Cinderella has Billy Porter, Minnie Driver and James Corden too! That’s pretty fabulous. Camila Cabello also sings famous songs throughout the film, as well as one she wrote for the movie called “Million To One.” Cabello is also the first Latina Cinderella ever to be spotlighted in a major Cinderella film.

The fact that a Miami girl is #Cinderella is everything!!!! @Camila_Cabello you killed it! ???????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/kL2fRnfXR9

The singer was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up primarily in Miami, Florida before auditioning for The X Factor, becoming a member of Fifth Harmony and later stepping out with a solo career. Cabello was not the only highlight of Cinderella though, as Idina Menzel seriously stole the show too:

Idina Menzel’s stepmother really changes things up from the classic storyline as well and belts out some powerhouse moments, including a fun cover of “Material Girl.”

This Cinderella is completely different from your usual take on the story, because it has Ella as an aspiring fashion designer who wants to go to the ball to sell other royalty on her skills. The prince is someone who helps her follow these dreams and comes second to her personal goals. Fans, like the one below, loved this twist for Cinderella:

I've always wondered why those disney princesses need a prince to change their lives and this movie is a huge step to help little girls realize that their dreams will only come true if they believe in themselves. #CinderellaMovie pic.twitter.com/rtc43er26i

Lots of parents took to Twitter too to share how impressed they were with Kay Cannon having adapted the story to reflect a more modern and progressive stance on how a young girl might think. It’s true that previous generations have idolized stories like Cinderella and may take in those messages as happily ever after being about leaving one’s life for a man, rather than one’s own passions and desires.

The above dad was really happy to see Cinderella change up the story into something more empowering. And a mother approved the movie after watching many different Cinderella movies with her daughter prior. She loved that Camila Cabello’s character had “choice” in her decisions this time around:

I've watched all lot of takes on Cinderella with my daughter. #CinderellaMovie was beyond the BEST we have ever watched. So Fun!! @Camila_Cabello is a gem ???? ???????? @theebillyporter was dazzling as Fab G and @idinamenzel is enchanting every time she sang. A girl with a CHOICE... ????????

Aside from the story element of Cinderella, the movie also of course had its musical element that mixed old-timey sets with modern music and appeal. One fan really summed it best:

I honestly really enjoyed the new #CinderellaMovie. It was funny and light. Felt like Hamilton meets Legally Blonde. And who doesn’t love Billy Porter!? I’d recommend!

A mix between Legally Blonde and Hamilton is a great way to describe this Cinderella.

The most iconic element of Cinderella will always be the ball Ella gets to go to thanks to her Fairy Godmother’s magic and this version was no exception. What’s cool about this version is how audiences are rooting for Ella to see her fashion design dreams come true just as much as falling in love with the prince. And audiences definitely fell for Camila Cabello’s prince:

OMG THIS SCENE I WANNA CRY ???????? #CinderellaMovie @cinderella pic.twitter.com/4IRsfwGyPZ

While no, it’s not the singer’s IRL man Shawn Mendes, Nicholas Galitzine played the part well as a prince who does not really want to marry, but gets heart-eyes for Ella. During the movie, the pair sing a famous wedding song, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” and audiences loved it:

Prolly the best song choice could ever have done in a movie is choosing @edsheeran song entitled "Perfect" and be played in Cinderella's ball gown scene. This made the scene even more superb and grandé! @Camila_Cabello @Camila_Cabello#CinderellaMovie pic.twitter.com/0j4VwMjOki

The best kind of Cinderella movie will get you all in the feels over the magic of Ella’s big night out, and this one definitely did this with the time Ella and the Prince get together during the ball sequences before midnight.

I’m in love with the new @Cinderella movie. The singing and musical performances were amazing, the ballroom scene made me cry, and Ella’s dresses were gorgeous.???????? #CinderellaMovie

Oh, and during the ball, Cinderella includes a cover of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Yes, exactly. It can be random, but fans really loved seeing all the diversity in the sequence along with the song itself.

the amount of diversity in this one shot >>> #CinderellaMovie pic.twitter.com/xXwUHjMV5V

Other songs that were part of Cinderella were Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Whatta Man.” It’s not everyday a classic story is told through these songs, but it has been done before with musicals such as Moulin Rouge.

This just in, more movies should use pop song covers as part of the story telling process. I dig this! #CinderellaMovie

It was a really fun way to see Cinderella play out. Overall, the Amazon Prime musical was a good time for a lot of people this past week. It’s a great time for musicals, and there’s more to come this year with Dear Evan Hansen, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie and West Side Story, among others. Check out what other movies are coming up next with CinemaBlend’s 2021 release schedule, and voice your thoughts on Cinderella in the poll below!

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Cinderella: What Fans Are Saying About The Amazon Prime Musical With Camila Cabello

TheWrap 10 September, 2021 - 03:20pm

We’ve seen a lot of Cinderella movies over the years, but never have we seen the rags-to-riches princess belt out J. Lo’s “Let’s Get Loud” in a fairytale finale. Amidst a world of many adaptations of the classic story, Amazon Prime’s take on the story sees Camila Cabello taking on the character alongside Idina Menzel’s evil stepmother and Pierce Brosnan as the king. Now that the movie has been streaming for a week, let’s get to what fans are talking about the movie.

As far as critics go, the reviews for Cinderella were mixed, including CinemaBlend’s review, which gave the movie a similarly mixed three out of five stars. Reviews might have been indifferent about Cinderella, but audiences overall really enjoyed this jukebox musical and had a number of reactions they shared online as to why they enjoyed tuning into the movie written and directed by Pitch Perfect’s Kay Cannon.

First of all, there was a lot of love for Cinderella’s lead, Camila Cabello, who never starred in a movie before this one. Some fans felt like they had to defend their love for the movie online with big claps going her way for her performance:

Camila plays Ella, the stepdaughter of Idina Menzel’s Vivian, who spends her days in their basement doing housework, designing dresses and dreaming of a better life for herself. Another fan pointed out their love for Cabello as Cinderella, while also giving a shout out to the rest of the cast:

I don’t care what anybody say @Camila_Cabello was the perfect person for the Cinderella role ???? I feel that everybody in this cast was casted perfectly ???? #CinderellaMovie

I mean, Cinderella has Billy Porter, Minnie Driver and James Corden too! That’s pretty fabulous. Camila Cabello also sings famous songs throughout the film, as well as one she wrote for the movie called “Million To One.” Cabello is also the first Latina Cinderella ever to be spotlighted in a major Cinderella film.

The fact that a Miami girl is #Cinderella is everything!!!! @Camila_Cabello you killed it! ???????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/kL2fRnfXR9

The singer was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up primarily in Miami, Florida before auditioning for The X Factor, becoming a member of Fifth Harmony and later stepping out with a solo career. Cabello was not the only highlight of Cinderella though, as Idina Menzel seriously stole the show too:

Idina Menzel’s stepmother really changes things up from the classic storyline as well and belts out some powerhouse moments, including a fun cover of “Material Girl.”

This Cinderella is completely different from your usual take on the story, because it has Ella as an aspiring fashion designer who wants to go to the ball to sell other royalty on her skills. The prince is someone who helps her follow these dreams and comes second to her personal goals. Fans, like the one below, loved this twist for Cinderella:

I've always wondered why those disney princesses need a prince to change their lives and this movie is a huge step to help little girls realize that their dreams will only come true if they believe in themselves. #CinderellaMovie pic.twitter.com/rtc43er26i

Lots of parents took to Twitter too to share how impressed they were with Kay Cannon having adapted the story to reflect a more modern and progressive stance on how a young girl might think. It’s true that previous generations have idolized stories like Cinderella and may take in those messages as happily ever after being about leaving one’s life for a man, rather than one’s own passions and desires.

The above dad was really happy to see Cinderella change up the story into something more empowering. And a mother approved the movie after watching many different Cinderella movies with her daughter prior. She loved that Camila Cabello’s character had “choice” in her decisions this time around:

I've watched all lot of takes on Cinderella with my daughter. #CinderellaMovie was beyond the BEST we have ever watched. So Fun!! @Camila_Cabello is a gem ???? ???????? @theebillyporter was dazzling as Fab G and @idinamenzel is enchanting every time she sang. A girl with a CHOICE... ????????

Aside from the story element of Cinderella, the movie also of course had its musical element that mixed old-timey sets with modern music and appeal. One fan really summed it best:

I honestly really enjoyed the new #CinderellaMovie. It was funny and light. Felt like Hamilton meets Legally Blonde. And who doesn’t love Billy Porter!? I’d recommend!

A mix between Legally Blonde and Hamilton is a great way to describe this Cinderella.

The most iconic element of Cinderella will always be the ball Ella gets to go to thanks to her Fairy Godmother’s magic and this version was no exception. What’s cool about this version is how audiences are rooting for Ella to see her fashion design dreams come true just as much as falling in love with the prince. And audiences definitely fell for Camila Cabello’s prince:

OMG THIS SCENE I WANNA CRY ???????? #CinderellaMovie @cinderella pic.twitter.com/4IRsfwGyPZ

While no, it’s not the singer’s IRL man Shawn Mendes, Nicholas Galitzine played the part well as a prince who does not really want to marry, but gets heart-eyes for Ella. During the movie, the pair sing a famous wedding song, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” and audiences loved it:

Prolly the best song choice could ever have done in a movie is choosing @edsheeran song entitled "Perfect" and be played in Cinderella's ball gown scene. This made the scene even more superb and grandé! @Camila_Cabello @Camila_Cabello#CinderellaMovie pic.twitter.com/0j4VwMjOki

The best kind of Cinderella movie will get you all in the feels over the magic of Ella’s big night out, and this one definitely did this with the time Ella and the Prince get together during the ball sequences before midnight.

I’m in love with the new @Cinderella movie. The singing and musical performances were amazing, the ballroom scene made me cry, and Ella’s dresses were gorgeous.???????? #CinderellaMovie

Oh, and during the ball, Cinderella includes a cover of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Yes, exactly. It can be random, but fans really loved seeing all the diversity in the sequence along with the song itself.

the amount of diversity in this one shot >>> #CinderellaMovie pic.twitter.com/xXwUHjMV5V

Other songs that were part of Cinderella were Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Whatta Man.” It’s not everyday a classic story is told through these songs, but it has been done before with musicals such as Moulin Rouge.

This just in, more movies should use pop song covers as part of the story telling process. I dig this! #CinderellaMovie

It was a really fun way to see Cinderella play out. Overall, the Amazon Prime musical was a good time for a lot of people this past week. It’s a great time for musicals, and there’s more to come this year with Dear Evan Hansen, Everyone’s Talking About Jamie and West Side Story, among others. Check out what other movies are coming up next with CinemaBlend’s 2021 release schedule, and voice your thoughts on Cinderella in the poll below!

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Cinderella - Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service 10 September, 2021 - 08:56am

By: John Mulderig

Date: September 10, 2021

Movie Ratings: PG

Movie Classification: A-III

NEW YORK (CNS) — Writer-director Kay Cannon’s screechy romance “Cinderella” (Amazon) is an obnoxious corruption of the classic folk tale, the most familiar version of which was penned by French writer Charles Perrault in the 17th century.

A so-called jukebox musical, the film recycles songs originated, among others, by Queen and Madonna. The result is aesthetically unimpressive and morally off-kilter.

Camila Cabello plays the namesake character. In this take, Cinderella aspires to become a fashionable dressmaker, but finds her ambition thwarted by the wildly retrograde view of a woman’s proper role that prevails in her fictional, quasi-medieval society.

Cannon thus sets up what is, in a contemporary Western context at least, a largely irrelevant straw man — something between a truculent Taliban and the ghost of Bobby Riggs — for her righteous feminism to overturn.

As Cinderella battles both the misogyny of her world at large and the oppression to which she’s subjected by her stepmother, Vivian (Idina Menzel), she captures the heart of handsome Prince Robert (Nicholas Galitzine). Adrift, but determined to find true love, the heir to the throne is as uneasy with his prescribed role in life as Cinderella is with hers.

As she’s about to miss out on the big ball at the palace to which Prince Robert, while wandering around incognito, has invited her, Cinderella is rescued by the Fabulous Godmother (Billy Porter), a flashily attired transvestite anxious to fulfill her every wish.  

Between Porter camping it up and the central couple’s later decision to live together rather than marry, this is obviously not fare for children. Wrong for kids, it’s a wilted fantasy likely to strike even grown-ups as rancid.

The film contains sexual references, including to cohabitation, a cross-dressing character and several mild oaths. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.        

Mulderig is on the staff of Catholic News Service.

Obnoxious corruption of the folk tale finds its namesake (Camila Cabello) being blocked from her ambition to become a fashionable dressmaker by the wildly retrograde view of a woman’s proper role that prevails in her fictional, quasi-medieval society. As she battles both this prejudice and the oppression to which she’s subjected by her stepmother (Idina Menzel), she captures the heart of a handsome prince (Nicholas Galitzine) who is as uneasy with his prescribed role in life as she is with hers. Writer-director Kay Cannon’s screechy musical romance features a transvestite version of the traditional fairy godmother (Billy Porter), who also serves as narrator, and wraps up with the central couple deciding to live together rather than marry. Wrong for kids and rancid for grown-ups. Sexual references, including to cohabitation, a cross-dressing character, several mild oaths. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.    

“Cinderella” (Amazon) — Catholic News Service classification, A-III — adults. Motion Picture Association rating, PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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