rob beckett in cinderella 2021 trying to get into the same class (socially) as tom allen didn't turn out so well
rob beckett in cinderella 2021 trying to get into the same class (socially) as tom allen didn't turn out so well
Good Evening ManNics!
It's Liam here, I realised that it's been a while since we reviewed something so I'm stepping in to fill the void.
What do you get if you take a classic fairytale, add a star studded cast, a jukebox worth of musical numbers and then remove almost everything that makes the classic a classic?
Amazon Primes Cinderella!
We all know the story of Cinderella, The orphan who lives a modest life designing elegant dresses in her stepmothers basement, dreaming of one day owning her own fashion business!
Wait sorry no, that's not the story of Cinderella is it? Well strap in because Amazon's latest original is many things but Cinders it aint!
Now, before I really get into the many things that make this film so cringy I would like to acknowledge the cast which is made up of some of the biggest names from film, theatre, tv & music. I'm also more than aware that they are all brilliant, capable and fabulous at what they do....sadly this film isn't a good example of that for any of them, I can only assume they all lost a bet!
I think the best way to break this film down is by looking at the different elements that combine to form it, they are the following:
1- Casting 2- Music 3- Script
CASTING The movie world is no stranger to singers, wrestlers & sportsman dabbling in the world of acting.
Space Jam, Guardians Of The Galaxy & Men in Black are great examples of when this has been successful but there are also countless times it's gone the other way (We all remember Arnie in Batman & Robin).
So we know that it can be done well but the problem seems to come when they cast personalities based on the wrong thing.
for example Camilla Cabello is a brilliant performer, I for one have spent many afternoons dancing around my living room singing Havana into a hairbrush, but was her casting as Cinderella based on anything other than the fact she's a current singer... I highly doubt it and it really does leave the film at a loss for it.
Another miscast for me is the inclusion of Billy Porter as the "Fabulous" stepmother, I have no problem with Billy Porter generally, I've seen him previously in American Horror Story & I'm sure I would have loved him in Kinky Boots. Sadly Billy's fabulous godmother felt forced & over the top.
As a quick side note on casting I feel we should have a checklist that I can tick every time James Corden appears in something now, It might just be me but it feels like he is in everything.
My mother used to say that if your going to insult someone, then you should do it first and close with a compliment no matter how small, that way the insult feels cushioned.
So with that in mind I would like to say that Idena Menzel as Cinderella's step mother is great casting, she brings her powerhouse vocals to the films best numbers.
So compliment done, lets move on!
MUSIC This film sells itself on being a modern musical adaptation of the classic tale and so it's no surprise that it's filled with a heavy mix of old and new tunes. The issue for me with the musical numbers is that most of them are dull and filled with autotune and the film seems to prioritise the songs before any actual plot.
This film would be more accurately described as a long music video with some dialogue dotted throughout.
But to follow my mums advise I will say that I did enjoy "Somebody To Love" sung by Prince Robert, Everything the stepmother sings and some of Ben Baily Smith's "town Herold" bits!
Also we are lucky enough that we didn't have to hear Pierce Brosnan sing again, I'm still getting over Mama Mia!
SCRIPT Right off the bat I can tell you the main issue with the script is the decision to veer so far away from the classic story we know.
I understand that in a world full of remakes, reboots and remastered versions, films need to find ways of standing out. The problem is that in order to stand out from other Cinderella films this version has chosen to change every familiar thing they could find.
Firstly, Cinderella's core family base is less evil stepmother & ugly sisters and more flawed mother trying to survive and barely seen sisters.
Idina Menzel gets a decent amount of screen time but the the two sisters spend so little time on screen that there's no more to their characters than one is a bit dim and self obsessed and other is quirky in a dark humour kind of way...that's it...there is no more to them!
So that's the family ruined now lets move onto Cinderella herself, her sole dream isn't to have freedom and get out from under her evil step family, instead it's to open her own dress shop.
Frozen got allot of praise for having strong female leads who didn't need a man to solve all their problems and instead got by on sisterly love.
Disney's female leads have always been portrayed as damsels in distress and this is a stereotype that does need fixing but the issue with Amazon's Cinderella is that they've changed too many core elements, at what point does it stop being Cinderella.
Spoiler alert, this film ends with Cinderella turning down marriage to tour the world making dresses for a queen and denouncing the name Cinderella for simply Ella!
On top of all the changes the dialogue is clunky and feels like it was written by an adult trying to be "woke".
I'm trying to think of something good to say about the script for this film....but they didn't even turn a pumpkin into a coach!
I understand that this may come across as a harsh review of the film but I promise that as a huge musical fan it doesn't come lightly!
I really wanted to like Cinderella and the thing that really stings is that I now have the films opening number stuck in my head so I am finding myself singing it out loud!
Well, that wraps up my review of Amazon's Cinderella.
I'd love to know what you thought about it.
Did you like or hate it? Let me know in the comments!
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James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan, Doc Brown and Rob Beckett in Cinderella 2021 is so surreal.
I'm watching Cinderella (2021) and the random British comedian cameos are baffling.
Hate that I'm gonna have to watch that camila cabello cinderella bc I just love James Acaster so much
I'm sorry, but the Cinderella(2021) movie has such a mix mash of a cast.
You've got really well known actors like Pierce Brosnan, and Idina Menzel.
Then four british comedians, James Corden, James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan, and Rob Beckett.
And you've got Camila Cabello, and a bunch of less known actors.
It's just such a mix mash of a cast.
Good film though.
I just sat through Cinderella for two hours just to watch about 4 minutes of James Acaster also I’m pretty sure Rob Becketts character couldn’t have been any creepier if he tried. And I feel bad because I don’t think he was trying.
Rob Beckett is in that new Cinderella move they keep trying to push on everyone? Did Rob Beckett get to act alongside The Billy Porter?
Me watching the new Cinderella movie:
I know that British comedian!
I’m watching the new Cinderella and it’s SO bad. So bad.
Like Billy Porter is the only good part. And somehow grounds it? How? I don’t know how. But thank god for him for those few minutes.
Disclaimer: I am posting this review the day after the movie airs on Amazon Prime, so if you haven't yet seen it don't read on until you do.
It is slightly weird to think of another movie studio taking on one of the classic fairy-tales that isn't Disney, because, as I am sure is the case for a large portion of the mainstream audience, Disney have almost claimed fairytale adaptations as their own.
However, as identified, Cinderella, is a fairy tale and one created long before Disney came about. As such, other studios are allowed to put across their own interpretation of these classic stories that we have seen a lot of times adapted at this point.
That being said, we have seen many different adaptations of Cinderella at this point from the classis Disney Animation version and it's live-action counterpart, to modern-day reworkings like A Cinderella Story of the mid-noughties starring Hilary Duff.
It's quite an easy story to tell and adapt to a variety of different settings, and what this 2021 retelling does with the story blends the old-fashioned with the modern. Does that mean it is set apart from the others? Well in my opinion yes and no.
While this is a Sony movie, it plays a lot like a Disney Channel Original Movie. From the comedy to the settings to the costuming and the music, it plays like the best of those types of movies. I'm talking the High School Musical franchise and the Descendants franchise. It is by no means bad or corny, but it isn't even on the level of the 2016 live-action Cinderella.
While that version was pretty much a straightforward live-action version of the original animated version, the style of the movie outweighed the substance.
Here however, there is a great blend of both style and substance. The story takes the classic elements of the original Cinderella fairy tale but tries to inject a modern and feministic twist that the recent live-action Beauty and the Beast tried to do.
In terms of whether this version of Cinderella stands out in the crowd of Cinderella movies, I would say it does. Not only is the titular character race-bent and the setting she is in seemingly plays into that, but the reworking of the Fairy Godmother as the Fab G as well as giving the Stepmother a more humanised backstory allows for a more compelling take on a classic.
Because this is just the one all-in review I'm not going to do an in-depth character analysis and instead group the characters as who were my favourites, who did a passable job, who was bad and who were for some reason just there.
I have a top 3/4 favourite characters in this movie. Idina Menzel's Stepmother Vivian, Billy Porter's Fab G, Minnie Driver's Queen Beatrice and additionally Beverly Knight's Queen Tatiana.
Idina Menzel was always going to be fantastic in this movie, but to see her portray what is traditionally the villain character in the movie as a sympathetic character as part of the movie's feminist agenda was an interesting twist. No cat for a start, I don't know if Lucifer was a part of the original fairy tale but of course in the Disney adaptations Lady Tremaine is always accompanied by her faithful feline, but also the fact that her backstory parallels Ella's current story and the fact Vivian was so willing to have Ella reject her passion to do what is expected of her just as was forced on her was actually great motivation.
In truth I have only ever seen Billy Porter in one other thing aside from this movie and that was American Horror Story: Apocalypse. I have never seen Pose though I have heard good things, but from what I understand, Billy Porter only really has one speed. However, as the character's name states, that speed is fabulous. I loved Fab G in this movie, the fairy godmother is usually one of my favourite characters in the movie and every interpretation I have seen has brought something different and memorable. If this version of Cinderella is remembered for anything it will be for this very modernised take on the Fairy Godmother, not only gender-bending and race-bending a traditionally white female character, but with Porter choosing to make the character non-binary and that outfit speaks for itself, Fab G was simply a fabulous character.
In both Disney adaptations, I have never heard mention or reference to Prince Charming having a living mother...or a dead one for that matter. So to not only have the Queen being in a chunk of this movie, but also having her own story branch tying into the feminist agenda running through the movie and being portrayed by Minnie Driver, I was in love with this character.
Pretty much similar to the Fab G, if you've seen Beverly Knight's one second in the trailers you've pretty much seen her in the movie. She contributes to Ella's story in the movie and only appears in the latter half of the movie in 2 maybe 3 scenes but she makes an impact because she's Beverly Knight. My only gripe with her is she does not sing in the movie, you have Beverly Knight with not even a solo in a group number?
Unfortunately the star of the movie Camilla Cabello is just passable in this movie as Cinderella. She does have some humour about her and her singing is great despite maybe being autotuned because I know how she can sing, but she doesn't feel like Cinderella to me, it actually feels more like a version of what Emma Watson was doing with Belle in the live-action Beauty and the Beast rather than Cinderella but at least she tried.
As for Nicholas Galitzine, he's definitely more engaging as a modern-day Prince Charming, Robert is definitely more engaging a character than Ella unfortunately, which to be fair is still good as the 2015 Cinderella is the only other adaptation to really make the Prince interesting, but I can't quite put my finger on exactly which movie it is but there is another movie I have seen where the Prince Regent doesn't want to be king but the Princess does and has to fight for her right to be it...that's pretty much this story for them.
Also Pierce Brosnan as the King, despite jokingly singing towards the end, did a great job at being the archetype of old-fashioned values with his on-screen wife Minnie Driver's queen pushing him into a modern-day thinking.
As for who's bad, I have to say it pains but the British comic relief characters really let the side down in this movie.
In the three mice defence, Romesh Ranganathan and James Acaster are somewhat funny but unnecessary. James Corden however is abismal in this movie. I get he produces it, but particularly after Cats I do not understand 1) Why he'd want to portray another CG animal or 2) Ever think that one shot of him changing back from human to mouse with his head on a mouse body was funny...it was terrifying.
Also this movie is supposedly a family-audience movie...so why include a crass joke of Corden's character talking about peeing out of his front tail?
Additionally to the three mice, Rob Beckett has a surprising role in this movie as a potential suitor for Vivian's daughters, but he simply portrays such a creepy, cringe-worthy character it's almost uncomfortable to watch.
So as well as the two queens and the British comic relief there is also the addition of Princess Gwen to the movie who is the sister of the Prince and the one who wants to be ruler. It's kind of the same story as Jasmine's in the live-action Aladdin as wanting to be Sultan but being a woman isn't taken seriously, however here it is treated more comedically as every time there is a serious moment with the King trying to force Robert to grow up and be King, she always tries to interject with "Would this be a bad time to tell you about an actual real reason why I would be a good ruler" and they make sense but she's always dismissed until the very end.
Then there's a town crier, who is also inserted as a musical number while he's reading his proclamations but as a rap. Honestly I don't know Doc Brown as an artist but I did happen to enjoy what he contributed.
Which brings us on nicely to the music of the movie as this is a musical and I usually break down the songs. Again this time I will be doing groupings of best to worse.
Honestly my favourite number is probably "Shining Star" mostly performed by Billy Porter with verses by Camilla Cabello and, unfortunately, James Corden.
I also enjoyed the two original songs of the movie, "Million to One" which is Cabello's "I Want" song of the movie and used a lot through the movie, and then also "Dream Girl" which is Idina's main other song but also sung by basically the women of the movie, it's Idina Menzel if you don't give her an original song it's an insult.
Idina's other song is a cover of "Material Girl" and honestly it is a lot of fun, Nicholas Galitzine's rendition of "Somebody to Love" was also fun and surprising as I did not think this guy could sing that well.
The group numbers were fun and well choreographed but they are also somewhat forgettable. The song at the ball of "Whatta Man/Seven Nation Army" was probably the most memorable but still just mediocre.
So with all that said, would I recommend watching Sony's Cinderella? Honestly I would say it is worth at least one viewing, and I do recommend watching all the way through just to get the full experience. I do think it will do better as a streaming movie than it would have done as a theatrical release, but I cannot pinpoint a market for this movie.
I don't think this will go down as one of the great adaptations, but there are moments and aspects of the movie that sets it apart from the crowd.
Overall I rate this movie a 7/10, it's not as fantastic as I feel the trailers were making it out to be, but having seen the movie twice there are definitely elements of the movie I looked forward to watching the second time around.
So that's my review of Sony's Cinderella, what did you guys think? Post your comments and check out more Movie Reviews as well as other posts.
Watched the new Cinderella specifically for Acaster, and Acaster alone, only to get pleasantly surprised by all the Brit comedians in it
all the brit comedians in the cabello cinderella movie... seeing rob beckett in a wig...
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james acaster, romesh ranganathan, rob beckett, and doc brown? are all? in the camila cabello cinderella movie? WHY
# justice for phil wang
feliciano lopez kickin three separate men up the kinsey scale with his bare legs