Cinderella musical is sure to be a one-time watch: the Tribune India



The old order is changing, giving way to the new and this is Kay Cannon’s version of arguably the most famous fairy tale – an ancient kingdom tied to tradition simmering with the intention of changing. Queen Beatrice (Minnie Driver) would not have her throne at all shorter than that of King Rowan (Pierce Brosnan); their princess Gwen (Tallulah Greive) is full of ideas to better manage the kingdom; and in a basement, a stepdaughter, Ella (Camila Cabello), dreams of being a seamstress! Yes, those old days still didn’t give permission for women to run a business.

Movie: Cinderella

Director: Kay Cannon

Actors: Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, Pierce Brosnan, Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer, Tallulah Greive, James Acaster, James Corden, Romesh Ranganathan

Evaluation: **

They give birth, run the household, but can certainly do business, that’s what Ella thinks and even though there is a “million for a” chance, this fierce, funny and good girl is ready to take it. The film opens on a positive note. We like questioned stereotypes; the upbeat music sets the tone, the old and the new world juxtapose, giving the old tale a new coat of paint. Seeing the Bond become king challenged is fun; Camilla Cabello has seriousness in her act. His Crown Prince Robert (Nicholas Galitzine) works very hard, when he is drunk, to catch the fox; he is not just a mother’s son but only there to break things up.

But we have to stay the course and things change – for a Billy Porter is the fabulous godmother, and why not. Although our protagonist is least interested in the ball, she sees it as an opening for her tailoring business and has the golden opportunity to travel the world with Queen Tatiana (Beverley Knight), as a stylist. Oh yes, there is Prince too! Who would she choose? An answer we all know …

The kingdom, like the rest of the world today, is multiracial. Writer-director Kay Cannon manages to make things interesting with a town crier rapping; too beautiful best friend; a man who cries and a prince turned king who is not ashamed to woo his upset queen by serenading her window.

James Cordon as one of three mice / footman tickles (he’s also one of the producers) the funny bone. The actors have the right acting – Vivian (Idina Menzel) as a stepmother is not entirely gloomy, Nicholas Galitzine as the crown prince is beautiful in every inch, with his heart in the right place. But the apex of the opening act fades among the ball and the predictable outcome. The 113 minute old story feels like a stretch.

It’s a kicking musical, so Ed Sheeran’s Perfect fits the bill. Madonna’s Material Girl, Million to One (Camila, Scott Harris), Somebody to Love (Freddie Mercury) and others, suit the situations. This Ella lives in a multiracial world full of fierce women ready to overthrow patriarchy, but with their love intact for beautiful dresses and fancy shoes; it certainly makes a unique watch. Show it to your children, as many interpretations of Cinderella are welcome! It fails to watch it in the theater with surround sound, however. Airing on Amazon Prime, the film would have attracted parents with children in droves to theaters if times had been normal!

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