Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Cinderella (2021) Review: A Fresh Musical Take On The Classic Story

Camila Cabello	...	Cinderella Billy Porter	Billy Porter	...	Fab G Idina Menzel	Idina Menzel	...	Vivian Nicholas Galitzine	Nicholas Galitzine	...	Prince Robert Pierce Brosnan	Pierce Brosnan	...	King Rowan Minnie Driver	Minnie Driver	...	Queen Beatrice Maddie Baillio	Maddie Baillio	...	Anastasia Charlotte Spencer	Charlotte Spencer	...	Drizella James Acaster	James Acaster	...	Footman / Mouse James Corden	James Corden	...	Footman / Mouse Romesh Ranganathan	Romesh Ranganathan	...	Footman / Mouse Tallulah Greive	Tallulah Greive	...	Princess Gwen Luke Latchman	Luke Latchman	...	Griff Fra Fee	Fra Fee	...	Hench Nikkita Chadha	Nikkita Chadha	...	Princess Natasha Patel	Natasha Patel	...	Princess Natasha George Gjiggy Francis	George Gjiggy Francis	...	Guard Doc Brown	Doc Brown	...	Town Crier Rob Beckett	Rob Beckett	...	Thomas Cecil Beverley Knight	Beverley Knight	...	Queen Tatiana Jenet Le Lacheur	Jenet Le Lacheur	...	Count Wilbur Lisa Spencer	Lisa Spencer	...	Princess Lisa Vinani Mwazanzale	Vinani Mwazanzale	...	Princess Vinani

Release date: September 3, 2021
Running time: 111 minutes
Starring: Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine with Billy Porter and Pierce Brosnan.
Written and Directed By: Kay Cannon

Cinderella is a musically-driven bold new take on the traditional story you grew up with. Our heroine (Camila Cabello) is an ambitious young woman whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow, but with the help of her Fab G (Billy Porter), she is able to persevere and make her dreams come true. 

Nakai Warikandwa	...	Princess Nakai Paddy Glynn	Paddy Glynn	...	Rosemary Linda John-Pierre	Linda John-Pierre	...	Anastasia Alex Bourne	Alex Bourne	...	Shop Owner Peta Cornish	Peta Cornish	...	Patricia Stokes Nandi Bushell	Nandi Bushell	...	Young Town Girl Manny Tsakanika	Manny Tsakanika	...	Jesse Channelle George	Channelle George	...	Princess Chanelle Other cast: Arazou	Arazou	...	Princess of the Middle East (as Arazou Baker) Craig Douglas	Craig Douglas	...	Villager (uncredited) Jean-Pascal Heynemand	Jean-Pascal Heynemand	...	Ball Guest (uncredited) Arun Kapur	Arun Kapur	...	Middle Class Gentleman (uncredited) Tom Neill	Tom Neill	...	Courtier / Dancer (uncredited) Richard Price	Richard Price	...	Palace Footman / Villager (uncredited) Jason Redshaw	Jason Redshaw	...	Noble Gent / Dancer (uncredited) John Alan Roberts	John Alan Roberts	...	Dancing Maharaja (uncredited) Danny Salomon	Danny Salomon	...	Captain (uncredited)
Cinderella is a fresh take on the old story, with plenty of small updates to make the story more modern and more appealing.  The most dramatic change that you will notice is the music of the film.  Cinderella has an updated soundtrack that should appeal to young and old alike.  Like Baz Luhrmann's amazing (and still one of my favorite movies of all time) Moulin Rouge, Cinderella uses some renditions and remixes of modern songs to tell the story.  You will instantly smile when you hear a song you recognize reused in a novel way, and the remixed songs add so much to the enjoyable film. 

Additionally, the story of Cinderella has been reworked.  It's not a huge shift, but little touches are updated here and there to make the film deal with more modern topics.  Cinderella is much more independent, the Fairy Godmother is now the Fabulous Godmother (played by an extremely entertaining Billy Porter), and the prince has a brilliant sister who is hoping to rule.  And the stepsisters are less cruel to Ella (Cinderella's name in this rendition) despite her pretty horrible living conditions.  The stepmother is still mean to her (with some fairly painful scenes to watch now that you have live actors) and the stepsisters don't exactly treat her equally, but overall they are a less toxic bunch.

The film also has jokes that will appeal to young and old.  Some are a little on the edge (a word of warning to those with young kids, some of the jokes a little more mature than I expected from a PG movie, but I don't think my kids understood the context in any event), but overall this is an entertaining revision of the classic story.  It's not perfect, but I do love that the classic tale was taken on and given a fresh, musical update for a more modern time.  The renditions are fun and the fresh take on the story should make for an enjoyable fairytale. 

Cinderella is a fresh take on the classic tale, with a wonderful remixed soundtrack, more independent leading lady, and plenty of smart updates to bring the classic tale to life.

Watch it.

James Corden	...	producer Jonathan Kadin	...	producer Irene Marquette	...	associate producer Shannon McIntosh	...	producer Leo Pearlman	...	producer Josephine Rose	...	executive producer Louise Rosner	...	executive producer

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Cinderella (2021) is in theaters and on Amazon Prime on September 3, 2021.  For showtimes, click here.

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