Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
Kay Cannon’s family fantasy comedy is a musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, containing jukebox songs. Cinderella (Camila Cabello) trying to make sure her big dreams come true.
The previous live-action version of Cinderella was done six years earlier, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James as the title character, with Cate Blanchett as the stepmother.
That version I enjoyed – a complete contrast to Kay Cannon’s version of the iconic fairy tale – it simply does not work at all.
Our protagonist (Camila Cabello) is a go-getting young woman, whose ambitions are larger than the world will permit, but with the assistance of her Fab G (Billy Porter), she is able to continue and make her ambitions actually happen.
Camila Cabello (in her film debut) gives an unconvincing performance in her role as the title character Cinderella, the heroine who shows very little determination in attempting to make sure her dreams come true, while Billy Porter is poor as the Fabulous Godmother (this role should have been played by a woman).
Elsewhere, Idina Menzel as Cinderella’s stepmother, Minnie Driver as Queen Beatrice, Nicholas Galitzine as the Prince Charming Robert and Peirce Brosnan as King Rowan all offer little in their respective parts.
James Acaster and Romesh Ranganathan as the mice Simon and Frankie are both okay, while James Corden is awful as Rob the Mouse. In live-action terms, Rob immediately tries to be funny, but significantly fails to do so and I really hope this results in a Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Supporting Actor.
The direction from Cannon is not good because she allows no facial expressions to be seen to a strong effect, while also creating no funny or feel-good atmosphere happening whatsoever and the script is written to a poor standard by the director as it is lacklustre in places and there are absolutely no moments of humour to be had at all.
If Cinderella is to be made as a musical again (I am almost certain it will be), don’t let it be a jukebox musical – it simply doesn’t suit or work at all.
Out of all the versions that I have seen of Cinderella from this century, this one – without any doubt – is the worst of the lot.
Overall, the jukebox adaptation of Cinderella is a terrible one, due to the poor performances, direction, lacklustre script, slow pace and no funny or feel-good atmosphere.