Cinderella ★½

A total smorgasbord of pop culture elements that have no business going together, especially with source material as classic as this. I get it: making cinematic mixtapes is Kay Cannon's thing. Admittedly, I liked the Pitch Perfect movies. However, the Janet (“Rhythm Nation”) / Des'ree ("You Gotta Be”) mash-up intro reveals everything one needs to know about this commercial racket. Sure, the needle drops are bangers in themselves, and certainly relevant to the themes of 2021 America, but they do not belong in the world of Cinderella without a major overhaul of the archetypes/setting/plot as well, which completely fails to happen.

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