A Cinderella Story (2004)
USA / English
"Once upon a time... can happen any time.
"Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school's Halloween dance.
Modernized for a new fairy tale generation!
I have said before and I will confess again, I am just a sucker for the
Disney cutesy live action movies. Princess Diaries, Freaky Friday,
Parent Trap. They are predictable but always fun and light hearted and
humorous. It's a recipe for film that has worked for Disney far longer
than any of us care to think about. In saying that I am not a Hillary
Duff fan, although she seems multi talented, her characters never
change and her scope as an actress will seemingly be limited to Lizzie
McGuire for the rest of her career.
A Cinderella Story is exactly what one would expect. It's a retelling
of the old classic fairy tale with the modern day twist but director
Mark Rosman, who has really nothing to claim fame to does a terrific
job at truly modernizing the story without coming across as stupid or
blatantly obvious. Duff plays Sam, a girl who's father is tragically
taken from her after marrying a wicked woman played perfectly hideously
by Jennifer Coolidge, you can't help but despise her in this role. She
is accompanied by her two daughters, Brianna and Gabriella who are
spoiled little brats that like to make Sam's life a living hell. Sam's
"wicked stepmother" takes over Sam's father's pride of joy, his diner
and turns into her own little cash cow while keeping her late husband's
staff on to torture them. She always makes Sam grind her fingers to the
bone in between school classes working in the diner. Sam has an online
boyfriend whom she's never met, there is a school dance in which he
wants to meet her, he turns out to be Mr. Popular, she sneaks out
having to be back at the diner for twelve before her stepmother finds
out. The rest of the story unfolds as you might expect.
As with all live action cutesy Disney type films, the cast shines...yes
even Duff. She's too goody for her own good which works in this case as
you feel sorry for her. Her surrogate family, the diner staff are
delightful and funny and they help us root for the underdog. Rhonda
played by Regina King, who has been some great family movies ie: Mighty
Joe Young, and Daddy Day Care is perfect as Sam's protector and Fairy
Godmother you might say?? And Chad Michael Murray is great as her
Saviour and Prince Charming. The best part of this film is the way the
retelling is handled. It's not done in such a way that you are
blatantly watching another rehashing of an old fairy tale but rather
handled delicately and done in such a modern way that you think to
yourself "Hey that's almost like Cinderella." You actually feel for
each character the way you are supposed to feel, and you want to see
each and every one get what they deserve and incidentally they all do
which leaves you satisfied and happy with the film.
This movie won't rake in any critical acclaim but it's fun and you'll
enjoy it if you like this style of movie. I suggest checking it out!!
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