Published October 15, 2021


Film info

  • Title Cinderella
  • Director Kay Cannon
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 53m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
  • Tagline One shoe to rule them all

From Kay Cannon, Cinderella is a modern movie musical with a bold take on the classic fairytale. Our ambitious heroine has big dreams and with the help of her Fab Godmother, she perseveres to make them come true.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:59 When you describe someone as a ‘practical woman’, what does that actually mean?
4:50 “Nod your head, mate, all she hears is squeaks.”
13:35 That world map could use some work.
17:32 ‘I am STEWING in my own ANGER."
20:28 Ah, fossil fuels too. How many issues can we address in one fairy tale?
27:01 “I don’t make up the rules, I’m just the King.”
36:14 I’m loving the bandana that is somehow just as effective as Clark Kent’s glasses.
46:53 “Let’s not ruin this magical moment with reason.”
50:13 Women’s shoes, oof.
54:07 The “when the clock strikes midnight, run” was more menacing than I’d expected.
1:02:54 The Bubble Drink.
1:07:54 How many takes to get the horse to blink on time?
1:26:34 Omg, Pierce approaching a woman fencing who takes off her mask, I was sure it was going to be Madonna!
1:37:38 “This is exactly what you wanted.” “Nope, not really.”
1:40:06 I love Gwen!


Let’s be clear from the start, this is not a good film. It’s corny, over-produced, the acting is medium at best, it has managed to emphasise the two main plot holes in Cinderella to epic proportions (why didn’t the shoe change back? Couldn’t he just recognise her face instead of her foot?) and it’s silly.

But it’s also brilliant. It knows it’s a cheesy movie and it leans into it - they’re not trying to be too serious so that if you can relax and go with it, you get swept along in the magic and colour and recognising the pop songs and singing along. It’s fun, it’s a bit of rubbish fun. It’s slightly unfortunate for Camila, who has a great voice, that she has to stand and sing next to Idina a lot… but then I was impressed by some of her comedy moments.

I can see why hardcore Cinderella fans (is that a thing?) might take offence to some of the new elements in this, but why not sprinkle a bit of modernity on a fairy tale? They’re always evolving and changing anyway, and why not smash together High School Musical and Pitch Perfect with a bit of social awareness and Godmother magic?

Rating: 4 / 5

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