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Review: Cinderella

Let me begin by reviewing the short film screening before the main feature: Frozen Fever. Most people who know me, know I HATE Frozen. It’s badly written, makes little sense and don’t even get me started on the songs. Nevertheless, I went into Cinderella knowing that there was a Frozen short, and I went in with an open mind. After all, millions of small children can’t be wrong, can they?

Frozen Fever is everything you’d expect from a hastily put together marketing ploy designed to cash in on the bizarre phenomenon taking over the brains of young girls. It’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa decides to make up for years of being locked up in a room on the special day by throwing a lavish party. Unfortunately she’s also come down with a cold and is sneezing adorable little snowmen. Cue a lame song worthy of being accepted into the Frozen canon, and you’re left with the same half-arsed effort so loved by young girls the world over.

Now onto the main feature: Cinderella. Does the world really need yet another Cinderella film? Turns out, the answer is no. This film is just another retelling of the age-old story of Ella, slave to an evil stepmother and made to clean out cinders from the fireplace. This one didn’t even have any songs! There was a “Bibbity Bobbity Boo”, some really pretty special effects, a fantastic cast doing the best they can with the material, and a lovely warm, fuzzy feeling in my mouth. No, wait, that was vomit as I threw up a little in the most cliched bits.

As much as I complain about reboots, reimaginings, re-tellings and general Hollywoodish “we’re too lazy to think of original material so we’re going to keep churning out garbage we know will make money”, I really wish they’d put in a different angle to this. It’s the same story with the same colours (yes, Cinderella still wears a blue dress to the ball) and the same cliched fairy tale types. What happened to making princesses cool? What happened to princesses not needing to be rescued by a Prince? What happened to princesses being brave, courageous and kicking butt? Nope, let’s go back to Ye Olden Dayes when girls were subservient and only had identity when they married a man.

In any case, this movie is average. It’s exactly what you expect, delivering no surprises other than a delightful Cate Blanchett as the stepmother. The casting was good, although one can easily tell they were just doing the best they can with the oft-trodden material. Maybe if you’ve never seen a Cinderella movie, you might like it. Otherwise, it’s as dry as yesterday’s burnt toast. However, I did wonder the reception had they stuck with the original story, where the stepsister cut off their heels to fit into the glass slipper…?

4 out of 10 popcorns


April 1, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment