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Review: 'Cinderella' tries to update the fairy tale, but the shoe doesn't quite fit

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Updated 9:53 AM ET, Thu September 2, 2021

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Review: This 'Cinderella' has more hustle than heart

The San Diego Union-Tribune 02 September, 2021 - 11:37am

It’s a cute idea that’s been pulled off before, notably in the 2001 film “A Knight’s Tale,” starring Heath Ledger. But here, it’s a bit awkward and forced. Cabello’s Cinderella is a big dreamer with entrepreneurial ambitions. Confined to the basement with her talking mice, she sketches fashion designs and sews ballgowns with the hopes of one day selling her dresses and becoming a businesswoman (are retail markets even a thing in this village?). The intent is to avoid a Cinderella whose fate hangs on marriage to a wealthy prince, so instead, they’ve made her a rise-and-grind girlboss hustler whose values clash with those of her evil stepmother Vivian (Idina Menzel) and stepsisters (Maddie Baillio and Charlotte Spencer) who want to marry for money.

That’s a choice that may have landed with a bit more aplomb a few years ago, but in 2021, it’s a tired trope. In fact, tropes and archetypes are the engines of this film, thinly sketched characters whose development seems to have been jettisoned for endless belting. In musical theater, the characters put their inner feelings into song, but these characters are mostly singing pop tunes that have been reverse-engineered into the plot, expressing sort of vague platitudes and affirmations like, “Ya Gotta Be,” “Material Girl,” “Let’s Get Loud,” etc. There are a few original songs by Cabello and Menzel, but their sentiments merely scratch the surface.

This is Cabello’s first film, and while she’s a skilled singer and performer, her acting is overly cutesy, a bit grating and flip, and that doesn’t allow her character to achieve any depth. All of the main characters, including Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Robert, subscribe to this sort of Disney Channel acting style, which is sarcastic and glib and inherently insincere.

With such a great cast, it’s disappointing that it feels like none of the side characters get much to do, existing as stereotypes or stand-ins, spouting wink-wink feminist aphorisms, you-go-girl sentiments and therapy-speak confessions about their motivation. It’s underwritten yet over-stuffed with songs, and the production itself feels chintzy and airless.

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Review: 'Cinderella' a star-studded but shallow fairytale musical

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 02 September, 2021 - 04:57am

The easiest log line for “Cinderella” would be to describe it as a fairy-tale “Pitch Perfect.”

Starring: Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, Pierce Brosnan.

Rating: PG for suggestive material and language.

There are some obvious structural similarities between the new Amazon Prime Video musical that debuts Friday and the trilogy of university-set a cappella comedies. First and foremost, “Cinderella” was written and directed by Kay Cannon, who co-wrote the screenplay for all three “Pitch Perfect” films. Both “Cinderella” and the “Pitch Perfect” franchise are also female-led jukebox musicals that only occasionally feature original music.

While “Cinderella” shares the same flare for big musical set pieces as the “Pitch Perfect” movies and also features some world-renowned vocal talent, it doesn’t contain the same level of wit and humor that at least elevated the first “Pitch Perfect” to a mini phenomenon worthy of two sequels. “Cinderella” also commits the near-unforgivable sin of casting Pittsburgh native Billy Porter and barely giving him anything to do.

This updated version of the classic fairy tale finds pop star and former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello taking over as the titular mistreated heroine who dreams of opening her own dress shop but lives in a society where women aren’t allowed to be business owners. Progressive values are tough to spot in this world, although everyone does have a propensity for breaking into recognizable tunes that span quite a few genres and eras.

Anyone who’s seen any of the myriad “Cinderella” adaptations through the years will recognize the rest: Her stepmother Vivian (Idina Menzel) is constantly trying to keep her down; Prince Robert (Nicholas Galitzine) is forced to seek out a bride at the behest of his father (Pierce Brosnan) and reluctant mother (Minnie Driver); a fairy godmother, in this case Porter’s Fab G, shows up and gives Cinderella a shot at true love with the prince; hijinks ensue.

Don’t go into “Cinderella” expecting it to reinvent the story. It’s not here to add anything to a time-honored narrative like this one but rather to inject some more direct feminist energy into its veins while providing an excuse for some big song and dance numbers. There’s nothing wrong with that, although there’s an argument to be made that there isn’t much here for those who have seen other big-screen “Cinderella” adventures.

The reason to check this “Cinderella” out is for the performances, and those generally live up to all expectations. It’s clear some time and effort was put into making those as fun and emotionally resonant as possible. Some of the song choices and the context they’re used in the film are a little on the nose and frankly cringe-worthy, but the cast full of seasoned Broadway and music-industry professionals get the most out of them.

Where the film falters is in the comedy department. There are a few chuckles to be had, but it’s not the raucous and inventive affair that the original “Pitch Perfect” was. For that reason, it’s probably for the best that “Cinderella” ended up a free addition to Amazon Prime Video’s movie library. Even if you don’t find its sense of humor or musical acumen to be your cup of tea, at least you didn’t have to go anywhere or pay anything to watch it.

The cast certainly tries its best to make magic with the material it’s working with. Cabello is charming enough as the scrappy Cinderella and her original anthem, “Million to One," will probably satiate fans of her music. She has solid chemistry with Galitzine, who has the unenviable task of having to do a Freddie Mercury impression on a hilariously apropos cover of “Somebody to Love.”

Menzel’s stepmother isn’t as loathsome as other takes on that character, and she gets an original number as well while also taking the lead on a literal invocation of Madonna’s “Material Girl.” Driver and Brosnan are amusing enough as a bickering royal couple. There are also three CGI mice who are later transformed into Cinderella’s footman. Your mileage on their attempts at levity may vary, especially given how many seem to feel about James Corden’s shtick these days.

“Cinderella” comes most alive during Porter’s short screen time. His Fab G shows up and is immediately the, well, most fabulous person on screen. Credit costume designer Ellen Mirojnick with fashioning his incredible outfit, as well as many others throughout the film. Unfortunately, Porter basically gets one prolonged scene and a few voiceovers, which is disappointing given how prominent he has been in the movie’s advertising.

There are definitely worse movies to check out if you’re just looking for a silly fairy tale with some nice performances and well-crafted musical moments. But that may not be enough for some, and those folks may be better off just booting up “Pitch Perfect” for the thousandth time instead.

First Published September 2, 2021, 9:57am

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