Have You Watched Amazon’s “Cinderella”? (My Thoughts)

I picture Amazon studio execs sitting around a table as they discuss their next movie. There’s a lull in the conversation, and a summer intern gathers the courage to speak up.

“What about Cinderella?” the intern says.

The execs exchange knowing glances. “We’re not looking for a lawsuit from Disney, pal.”

The intern shakes their head. “Disney doesn’t own Cinderella. It’s an 2000-year old fairy tale popularized by the Brothers Grimm. Anyone can make a Cinderella movie.”

The execs pause as they confirm this with Wikipedia. One of them sighs. “You know who would be amazing as the stepmother? Idina Menzel. But Disney already has her wrapped up in the Frozen franchise.

“Actually,” the intern says, “Idina Menzel can work with whomever she wants. Also, get Camila Cabello to play the lead. She’s amazing.”

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I could go on, but I’m probably just entertaining myself at this point. I’ll say this: As someone who doesn’t get excited about musicals, I’m really glad I watched Amazon’s take on Cinderella. Yes, there are a few cringeworthy moments–just little oddities and jokes here and there that fall flat–but overall I found the entire movie to be a refreshing break from the Disney versions of Cinderella.

The Disney version is so simple that it could be a 10-minute movie: Girl meets prince, loses shoe; prince uses shoe to find girl. There isn’t really any depth to the characters, and every character is either classically good or evil.

The Amazon version adds a surprising amount of depth to the characters. Cinderella herself isn’t looking for a prince–she just wants to open a dress shop. The pampered prince doesn’t know what he wants. The stepsisters are insecure but not cruelhearted, and the stepmother…actually, it’s been a few months, but she’s much more interesting than the traditional version.

Also, perhaps most surprising is the relationship between the king and the queen, who I recall only being background players in previous Cinderella films. Here they’re played for laughs at first, but then the movie actually delves into their partnership and how it’s evolved over the years.

I highly recommend this movie. If you’re like me, you’ll wince for the first 5-10 minutes, and then the movie finds its footing. Sometimes it’s just silly fun, and other times you get to see characters do so much more than just pine after each other or act evil for no reason. Also, Cabello’s voice and songs enhance a really solid soundtrack (I bought several of her songs afterwards).

Have you seen Amazon’s Cinderella? What did you think?

3 thoughts on “Have You Watched Amazon’s “Cinderella”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. I did watch it and enjoyed it. I appreciated the differences from the Disney and the Rodgers and Hammerstein version that I grew up with.

    I know you said you don’t enjoy musicals typically, but have you seen Come From Away on Apple TV? Story of town of Gander, Newfoundland during 9/11 when many planes landed there. It is wonderful, Full of heart. Will make you laugh and cry and cheer. I have already watched it 4 times,,

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      • I hope yesterday’s blog wasn’t about this recommendation. LOL

        I do hesitate to recommend musicals to people, especially people who have already said they don’t like musicals, but I though this one was one that every American should watch.

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