CINDERELLA MOVIE REVIEW
Once upon a time in a magical kingdom, a little put upon peasant girl with a heart of gold and dainty, tiny feet lived with her jealous evil stepfamily. With the help of her fairy godmother, she is discovered by the prince of the land who marries her immediately because she’s pretty, and that is the only requirement for a bride. And since finding the man is the only dream a woman needs, our heroine is able to live happily ever after. Yeah, no. Let’s flip this script, shall we? Welcome to the “Rhythm Nation,” where Ella, despite living in a society dominated by patriarchal rules and rigid gender roles, longs to one day make a name for herself as a fashion designer and entrepreneur. Such is the “girl power” twist to the retelling of this beloved fairy tale. Filled to the brim with bright colors, perky pop music, and not nearly enough Billy Porter, Mindy, Harmoni, and Jennifer discuss whether this fairy tale adaptation is a well needed feminist update for our modern times, or simply a shallow attempt to be “woke.” So bibbidi-bobbidi-boo your way to their review here.
DIRECTED BY: Kay Cannon
STARRING: Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, Pierce Brosnan, Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer, James Acaster, James Corden, Romesh Ranganathan
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)
Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!
Jennifer Lynn Larsen (Giganticast, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Born near Seattle, WA, Jennifer has transplanted to Austin TX and is equal parts Roller Derby Girl, Cosplayer, Dungeon Master, Mothra Priestess, and game nerd. She writes the weekly Cosplay beat for Bell of Lost Souls under the name Mayhem’s Muse and travels the world competing in traditional Ground and Horseback archery tournaments with The Eastern Contingent. She comes to OneOfUs by way of Rage Select, where she is part of the dynamic duo “Team JRPG” with magical girl and fellow contributor Matt Frank. (So, SO much fangirling). Jennifer is known for her love of Dragonlance, classic JRPGS, and all things 1980s. She is a regular contributor to Giganticast and is currently diving through every Mothra project ever created. She just returned from her first appearance at G-Fest where she cosplayed as Miana of the Houtua.
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