A catchy musical fantasy, with funny zany accents, but weighed down by a modern heaviness.
Turning fairy tales into a fable about “Women Empowerment” is a fucking exercise. A heavy didactic feminism, which struggles to relook the naive princess into a heroine assertive and sure of her strength. This rehash of Cinderella post- # MeToo, concocted for Amazon (available since Friday), sets foot in the dish and transforms Charles Perrault’s bullied girl into a fashion designer confined in her mother-in-law’s basements.
She does not dream of Prince Charming (she will meet him anyway), but of her own business! Taking offense at being refused to set up her design box because she is a woman, this Cinderella who is not cold-eyed therefore decides to go to the court ball … to meet future investors. By the way, she will fall for the future local sovereign …
Basically, the unbalanced message is struggling to get through. But on the form, Kay Cannon’s film (The Hit Girls), largely imbued with the acidulous delusions of James corden, at the initiative of the project, plays anachronism with a certain playfulness. In a Renaissance decor with baroque colors, its Cinderella takes on catchy pop accents and fully plays the card of zany musical fantasy, taking up in turn Queen, Des’ree or Jennifer Lopez with taste.
Headlining, the hits parade superstar Camila Cabello brings, in addition to his pleasant little bit of voice, an interesting freshness to the character so often brought to the screen. For her first in a leading role, the young Cuban charms everything she touches, well supported, it is true, by a gallery of explosive supporting roles, the fabulous Billy Porter (Pose) as Fairy godmother to a strangely burlesque Pierce Brosnan as an old king overwhelmed by the new generation.