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‘Cinderella’ tries to replace the fairy story, however the shoe would not fairly match

Author-director Kay Cannon (“Pitch Good”) makes essentially the most vital push towards a extra fashionable Cinderella by meting out with the notion that discovering her prince (Nicholas Galitzine) will resolve all the protagonist’s issues. As a substitute, Cabello’s mistreated stepdaughter (Ella, actually, however by no means thoughts) yearns to open a gown store, a enterprise choice not out there to girls in her kingdom regardless of all of the Nineteen Eighties/’90s-era singing and dancing that folks do there.

This “Cinderella” additionally brings extra nuance to the depraved stepmother (Idina Menzel), whose strain on her daughters and even Cinderella to “marry wealthy” comes from painful classes in her previous. The recommendation proves most useful when Menzel will get to unleash her highly effective pipes on Madonna’s “Materials Lady,” whereas Cinderella knocks off Des’ree’s “You Gotta Be” and the prince takes on Queen’s “Anyone to Love.”

One other recent wrinkle sees the unambitious prince dismissed because the “fool son” of the king and queen (Pierce Brosnan, not singing after his “Mamma Mia!” expertise, and Minnie Driver), whose daughter (Tallulah Greive) would not rank within the line of succession however has a better-developed head for the calls for of governing.

Nicholas Galitzine and Camilla Cabello in 'Cinderella.'
Past that, the bones of “Cinderella” stay largely intact, from the speaking mice (one voiced by James Corden, who produced the film, which could clarify the “Cinderella Karaoke” vibe) to the now-fabulous Godmother (Billy Porter), who when requested about extra snug footwear than glass slippers replies, “Even magic has its limits.”

Whereas Disney’s animated “Cinderella” stays essentially the most iconic, there have clearly been loads of takes on the story, together with Disney’s 2015 live-action model starring Lily James and the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical tailored right into a vastly widespread TV film starring Brandy, which ABC aired in 1997.

In the end, although, the fairy-tale framework works towards efforts to modernize the story, yielding a film that seems designed to commerce off the “Cinderella” title and the pop-star enchantment of Cabello, who the digicam lovingly follows as she saunters via a collection of impressively huge and elaborate units.

Every era will inevitably be served a model of beloved tales, so there’s nothing inherently flawed with attempting to create a “Cinderella” that departs from — or at the least expands upon — the outdated Disney-princess formulation. (Disney royals have notably grow to be way more self-sufficient and various via the years, as Menzel can attest.)

Nonetheless, it is attainable to permit that “Cinderella” has its coronary heart in the precise place with out concluding that the film works. Credit score the place it is due for attempting to squeeze the fabric into some new garments, however hoping is not sufficient to make the shoe match.

“Cinderella” premieres Sept. 3 on Amazon.

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