A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish

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6.8

Fair

Not seen enough Cinderella adaptations? A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish is a new, more modern version as Kat Decker dreams of becoming a singer but is held back by her evil step-mother. Then she meets the boy of her dreams...

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 actually called Kat decker and she is played by Laura Marano (The Perfect Date). 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 all of 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 new Santa at the workshop and, in full costume, Kat doesn't realise it is Dominic. And bizarrely, as she is only wearing a pink wig and elf ears, Dominic (Gregg Sulkin) doesn't recognise Kat. The two start up a beautiful friendship and begin to fall for each other.

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In the meantime, Kat's evil step-mother has realized 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 in the hopes of wangling an invitation to the 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 is 100% aimed for pre-teens. Even then, my 9-year-old still thought parts were so cringe she hid behind a cushion. That said, it's not the worst film ever made and the cast do 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. I liked the more modern version and it's an okay feel-good movie to watch with kids.

Good

  • Cast Are Very Good
  • More Modern Approach To The Story
  • Feel-Good

Bad

  • Cheesy
  • Stretches Believability
  • High Cringe Factor
6.8

Fair

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