Just when you think there couldn't possibly be any more adaptations of Cinderella, along comes A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish.
A tale as old as time, our Cinderella is called Kat Decker, played by Laura Marano (The Perfect Date).
What Is A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish About?
Kat is an aspiring singer who works as an elf at the local Santa workshop. She also happens to live with her step-mother and two step-sisters who, to put it mildly, are not very nice.
Kat's father died, and she must now wait a few more months, until she is 18, to get her inheritance.
While the movie follows the usual tropes for a Cinderella flick, it has been updated for the 21st century.
Initially, Kat is caught on camera spilling a milkshake all over herself when she first meets Dominic Wintergarden. The video is uploaded, mortifying Kat when it goes viral.
Especially as Dominic is the son of a billionaire, and everybody knows who he is. So, picking herself up from this event, Kat cracks on with her all-singing and all-dancing job.
The twist is that there is a handsome new Santa Claus at the workshop, and in full costume, Kat doesn't realise it is Dominic.
And bizarrely, as she only wears a pink wig and elf ears, Dominic (Gregg Sulkin) doesn't recognise Kat either.
The two start a beautiful friendship and begin to fall for each other.
In the meantime, Kat's evil stepmother has realised that her now-dead husband used to be best friends with Terrence Wintergarden – the billionaire.
She contacts him and tries to pass off one of her daughters as Kat, hoping to wangle an invitation to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas gala.
All the usual stuff happens – Kat's invite gets destroyed, her dress gets ruined and she has no way of getting to the gala.
As you can probably guess, she makes it there eventually and sets everybody straight about her awful family. And, in true Cinderella fashion, alls well that ends well.
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish Official Trailer
A Cinderella Story Worth Watching?
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish is 100% aimed at pre-teens. Even then, some parts are so cringe you might need to hide behind a cushion!
That said, it's not the worst film ever made, and the cast does well considering what they have to work with.
Sure, the script is terrible, overly saccharine, and cheesy, but it's a Christmas fairytale, so if you expect anything more you will be disappointed.
It attempts to sprinkle a bit of holiday magic over an old story and I liked the more modern version. As Christmas movies go, it's an okay feel-good flick to watch with kids.
Cast Of A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Laura Marano as Kat Decker, an aspiring singer-songwriter who works as a singing elf at Santa Land and needs a Christmas miracle
Gregg Sulkin as Dominic “Nick” Wintergarden
Isabella Gomez as Isla
Barclay Hope as Terrence Wintergarden, a billionaire who is hosting a gala on Christmas Eve
Maddie Phillips as Skyler
Johannah Newmarch as Deirdre Decker, Kat's stepmother
Lillian Doucet-Roche as Joy Decker, Kat's stepsister
Chanelle Peloso as Grace Decker, Kat's other stepsister
Garfield Wilson as Mr. Mujiza, the boss at Santa Land
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