Camila Cabello carries the new Cinderella with a mix of new and pop music from today. Her work is fine, but who can compare her to Leslie Ann Warren in Rogers and Hammerstein’s 1965 musical production. Lily James also was stunning in a blue dress as another Cinderella in 2015.
From time to time the medley of music with the story flows well, but there are segments where the flow of the singing into the script are uncomfortable to watch and hear. The best segments with music occur at the ball and in the finally.
The story sounds like the present British Royal Family as Cinderella and The Prince (Nicholas Galitzine) want a different life. For him royal life has a false meaning and she wants to have her own career producing what she enjoys doing. The challenge comes from The King (Pierce Brosnan) who expects a marriage that puts duty first.
The three mice here just can’t compete with the Disney animated film that featured Jacque and Gus Gus helping to make Cinderella successful at the ball.
The script moves the center from getting to be a princess to achieving success on her own for Cinderella. It’s a little different, but not better and not even quite as good as the original premise. Romance is not quite as important even when the script says it is most important. Without living happily ever-after as originally written something is missing in Cinderella (2021).