Film Review: “Cinderella” (2022)

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

The 21st century teaches us, mostly young girls, that for self-worth and success, there is no need to wait for Prince Charming. The story of Elsa and Anna, or Raya, or Mirabel from “Encanto” conveys the same.

Ella (Camila Cabello), in Charles Perrault’s “Cinderella”, struggles with her cruel, bossy and demanding stepmother Vivian (Idina Menzel) and two stepsisters, Malvolia and Narissa. She is talented and has good taste in dresses. In fact, she can design them, and is her dream to open a store called “Dresses by Ella”. Everything changes for her when she meets a man that tried to buy her dress, not realizing, it was Prince Robert, who dressed up as a commoner.

Written and directed by Kay Cannon, “Cinderella” is a modernized version of the beloved fairytale, with a few questionable lines, I am certain, even you will notice. However, the musical elements and few hit songs make a difference, in a good way. However, it would have been much better if the refreshed plot made more sense. However, the fact that it tried too hard to appeal to the younger generation felt rather forced than natural.

It has a familiar tone and approach, with Ella still going to the ball. But in this version, she was invited by the Prince himself, who invented to propose her as the ball. But when Vivian interferes and does not let Cinderella go to the ball, the Fabulous Godmother (Billy Porter) appears as a savior and the rest of the story, you already know – not.

The cast of “Cinderella”, no doubt, is stellar. Pierce Brosnan, Mini Driver, Idina Menzel and Camila Cabella are proof of that. However, the storyline was so dull, it was rather sad than funny. Questions such as “What am I watching?” and “How did this get approved?” will cross your mind throughout. Trust me, it happened to me too. But that’s not because of the contemporary way of telling the story or an incredibly diverse cast, but the story itself that could not be any worse than it was.

It is not that type of film you can blame actors for the total failure. Believe me, they simply dance, smile and do everything possible to please you throughout. But, again, the story is not just unbelievable – it was forced, uninteresting and utterly uninspiring. From start to end, it has nothing memorable to offer nor logical. Yes, it tries to appeal to the younger audience but only for a short amount of time. The only good part of it was the ending, because of the song. I would rather not spoil it for you, because it’s worth hearing with a new take, which you can’t go wrong with.

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