Cinderella (2021 film)

Cinderella in purple ballgown, flanked by the other characters
Official release poster
Directed byKay Cannon
Written byKay Cannon[1]
Based on"Cinderella"
by Charles Perrault
Produced by
CinematographyHenry Braham
Edited byStacey Schroeder
Music by
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release date
  • August 30, 2021 (2021-08-30) (Greek Theatre)
  • September 3, 2021 (2021-09-03) (United States)
Running time
113 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Cinderella is a 2021 romantic musical film based on the fairy tale of the same name by Charles Perrault. Written and directed by Kay Cannon, it stars singer Camila Cabello as the title character in her acting debut, alongside Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, and Pierce Brosnan. It is a jukebox musical, featuring pop and rock hits, in addition to several original songs.[2]

Development on the film began in April 2019, when Sony Pictures announced a musical-style film of Cinderella, with Cannon writing and directing. The film was produced by James Corden, through Fulwell 73 with Leo Pearlman, Jonathan Kadin, and Shannon McIntosh. Principal photography began in February 2020 at Pinewood Studios, and was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in August 2020 and concluded in September.

Cinderella was released in select theaters and digitally on Amazon Prime Video on September 3, 2021.[3] The film received mixed reviews from critics.


Cinderella is an ambitious young woman who wants to establish her shop "Dresses by Ella" one day in her patriarchal society. She catches the eye of Prince Robert in the guard-changing ceremony. The next day, Robert, dressed as a commoner, goes to the market, where he finds Ella trying to sell her dress, and buys it from her and tells that he wants it to buy for his little sister as a surprise for her and he offers three times the amount of the dress to which Ella agrees and sell her dress to the prince. He later invites her to the ball being held two weeks later, with the promise of introducing her to various people from the world to sell her dresses to.

When the day arrives, Ella is getting ready when her stepmother, Vivian throws ink on her dress and tells her that only her stepsisters, Malvolia and Narissa, can attend, since Thomas the vegetable merchant has already confirmed his desire for Ella's hand. Ella is sad, but her Fabulous Godmother magically appears and dresses her in a design of Ella's, with glass shoes, and turns mice into footmen and a crate into a carriage. Ella goes to the ball and meets Tantiana, a visiting queen who offers to take her around the world as a dressmaker for her and asks to meet her the next day in the market square. Later, Robert finds Ella, shows his sister, Princess Gwen wearing the gown he bought from Ella previously and proposes to Ella. Ella refuses, however, as she wants to start her career. She tells that when she marry him that will be the end of her dream and Robert from his small age wanted to become the king and he also is not ready to accept this.At the stroke of midnight, she leaves the hall after throwing her shoe at one of the King's attendants, who tries to catch her. The next day, Vivian, tells Ella her life story that she was also an ambitious girl like Ella and even had got an opportunity to learn piano in a reputed music school.She left home to study and when she came back home her husband gave her divorce saying that she is not a suitable wife and droves she and her daughters out.That is why she is teaching her daughters only household chores.While she was about leave Ella's room she finds Ella's glass slipper and on knowing the truth that her stepdaughter is the mystery princess, tries to convince Ella to marry Robert. When Ella refuses, Vivian gives her to Thomas.

When the king entered into the queens's room she does not take any notice of him.To which the queen replies that this is family and love is important.The king says that he loves Robert and she says that he loved him before he became a king and that he is not even paying an respect for her and not even accepting her words.She even tells since he became the king he only thought of expanding his kingdom .Robert's mother, Queen Beatrice, helps his father, King Rowan, understand that it will be right to let him marry a commoner.The king thinks of these words and allows the prince to marry his love.Rowan even gives him the glass slipper.Robert keeps searching for Ella and finds her running in the forest after she escapes from Thomas. They confess their love to each other as Ella and Robert kiss and reach the market in time to show her benefactor her designs, who accepts them and asks Ella to travel with her.

Robert introduces Ella to Rowan and Beatrice and informs them of their decision to travel the world. He knows this will ruin the plan for his future ascension to the throne, but Beatrice smiles as Rowan proudly declare that Gwen (who has repeatedly shown an interest and ability in affairs of state), will now be first in line to the throne. Citizens of the kingdom gather to witness the ceremony announcing the Princess' position and that Robert and Ella are in love.



In April 2019, Columbia Pictures announced a musical retelling of "Cinderella", with Kay Cannon writing and directing.[4] The idea to reinterpret "Cinderella" came from James Corden, who produced the film through Fulwell 73 with Leo Pearlman, Jonathan Kadin, and Shannon McIntosh.[5]

In April 2019, Camila Cabello was attached in the role of Cinderella.[5] In October 2019, it was announced that talks were underway with Idina Menzel as Cinderella's stepmother,[6] and Billy Porter for the role of fairy godparent.[7] In December 2019, Nicholas Galitzine was added to the cast as Prince Robert.[8]

Principal photography began in February 2020[9] at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom.[10] Filming was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10] Production resumed in August 2020[11] and concluded in September.[12]

Cinderella's carriage was designed to promote Mercedes Benz.[13]



In April 2019, it was announced that Camila Cabello was working on the soundtrack for the film.[5] In October, 2020, Idina Menzel confirmed that "[she and Camila] both have original songs as well."[14] On August 2, 2021, it was announced by the director that the soundtrack would be released on September 3, 2021.[15]

Film score

Cinderella (Score from the Amazon Original Movie)
Film score by
Mychael Danna and Jessica Rose Weiss
ReleasedSeptember 3, 2021
RecordedFebruary 2021
StudioSynchron Stage Vienna
LabelSony Classical
Mychael Danna chronology
Jessica Rose Weiss chronology
Dog Gone Trouble

In February 2021, Jessica Rose Weiss confirmed that she and Mychael Danna were working on the film score, and recording the score with orchestra led by Johannes Vogel at Synchron Stage Vienna.[16] The film score was released digitally by Sony Classical on September 3.[17][18]

Track listing

1."Ella's Village"0:48
2."Find a Match"0:38
3."Wifey Fish Guts"1:10
4."The Pain Is Quite Terrific"0:40
5."Put That Dress Down"0:44
7."I Believe in You"1:16
8."This Is My Chance"0:50
9."Back to the Basement"1:21
10."Adventure Time"0:37
11."Fab G"0:42
12."Cautionary Magic"0:40
13."Meeting the Queen"0:48
14."First Dance"1:26
15."Romance & Rodents"0:54
16."Palace Escape"2:29
17."Stroke of Midnight"0:45
18."Could It Be Love"1:45
19."Viviane's Lament"2:42
20."Escape Plan"0:37
21."Search for Ella"0:52
22."I Choose You"0:44
23."We’re in Business"0:29
24."A Lady's Right to Rule"0:50
Total length:24:46


As part of the film's marketing, Amazon Prime Video partnered with Mercedes-Benz in August 2021.[19] On August 9, Japanese shoes brand Onitsuka Tiger announced the release of a limited edition sneakers created in collaboration with Cinderella.[20] On August 11, hair brand John Frieda announced a collaboration with Cinderella.[21]


Cinderella was released in select theaters and digitally in 240 countries via Amazon Prime Video on September 3, 2021.[3][22] It had a premiere event on August 30, 2021, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.[23][24] Samba TV reported that 1.1 million American households streamed the film over its first four days of release, while Amazon claimed it was the most-watched VOD title over the same frame.[25]

In June 2019, Sony scheduled the film for release February 5, 2021.[26] In January 2021, the release date was pushed back to July 16, 2021.[27] In May 2021, Sony cancelled the film's theatrical debut and announced that the film had been bought by Amazon Studios except China, Sony would also retain home entertainment and linear television rights to the film.[28][29]


Audience viewership

According to Samba TV, the film was watched in 1.1 million U.S. households over its four-day Labor Day weekend debut. According to the analytics company Screen Engine, Cinderella was the most-watched streaming movie over that weekend, as well as the most-watched movie musical yet in 2021.[30]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 42% based on 111 reviews, with an average rating of 5.00/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "This singalong-worthy Cinderella sprinkles some modern fairy dust on the oft-told tale, but flat performances and clunky dialogue make watching often feel like a chore."[31] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100 based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[32]

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and praised Cabello for her performance, saying "she has a real knack for comedy" and described the film as having an "upbeat, breezy and sentimental style, laced with some sharp humor and filled with familiar and catchy pop tunes refashioned to fit the storyline."[33] Jonathan Sim of wrote, "It’s a progressively charming take on a romantic tale, and there are sweet, romantic moments throughout the film, even if there isn’t much you haven’t seen before."[34]

Courtney Howard of Variety called it a "mediocre musical" and despite some praise for the innovation was critical of many of the creative choices, the inconsistent pacing, the character development, and said it felt both "underdeveloped and overstuffed" at the same time.[2] Gayle Sequeira of Film Companion wrote, "Every new situation is an excuse for the characters to break into song, every question is an opportunity to deliver a sermon."[35]


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