Amazon’s Cinderella feels like it’s making fun of the original story instead of modernizing it.
To be honest, I had decent expectations of this movie. Especially after they announced Billy Porter as the “Fabulous Godmother”. And fabulous he was. Even with the noticeably short appearance and role he got, he managed to make a bigger impression than the main characters, including Cinderella herself (Camila Cabello) and Mr Prince (Nicholas Galitzine).
In fact, even though all I could see was Frozen every time Idina Menzel uttered a word, let alone a song, she was more present and more enjoying watching than everything else about this movie.
Give me more Billy Porter and less everything else!
Almost a week after watching Amazon’s Cinderella (yes, I needed some time to reflect), It’s obvious to me now what director Kay Cannon was aiming for: A modern version of a timeless fairy tale. Cinderella doesn’t need a prince to save her. She doesn’t even trip and leave a shoe. Instead, she opens a business and tells her prince to F*** off.
Sadly, this is not what I got from the movie. Instead, what the viewer saw was a bad mix-and-match version of a Disney musical mixed with a missed swing at a feminist story. Yes, I laughed super hard at some scenes, but it wasn’t because I enjoyed them. I was laughing on how bad they are and how fake they look.
Should you watch it?
Looking to laugh hard on a bad movie? This one is for you. You get bad vocals mixed with an even worse adaptation of a timeless fairy tale. It’s definitely one to forget.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Cinderella exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.