Wasted Opportunity As 'Trap For Cinderella' Garners Average Reviews

Trap For Cinderella - based on the novel Piège pour Cendrillon by Sébastien Japrisot – stars Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach, Kerry Fox, Aneurin Barnard, Frances de la Tour. It tells the story of two friends torn apart by a tragic fire, leaving one dead and one severely disfigured, both physically and mentally as she suffers from severe amnesia. But has the solid cast and an intriguing plot translated into a good movie?

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Sadly not: the critics are still weighing in on this one, but early indications would suggest that this is a wasted opportunity from Iain Softley, the British director behind the film. “There's a very classy cast in supporting roles (Kerry Fox, Frances de la Tour, Alex Jennings) but this fails to come alive,” suggests Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian. “Maybe a Hitchcock or Chabrol could have made something gripping from the melodrama and mystery of it all but this feels workmanlike and obvious,” says the Daily Express’s Allan Hunter.

Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach Wigs
Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach Wigs in Trap For Cinderella

A sway of 2/5 reviews has left Trap For Cinderella in the mire of a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s not all negative, though, Empire Magazine call it “Solid genre fare” while Time Out spot promise, saying: “Softley negotiates layers of deceit with skill, but an uncharacteristic visual and narrative tightness leaves one wondering what might have been.”

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The film comes out tonight, July 12th, but you have to choose between that, Pacific Rim, We Steal Secrets – the story of WikiLeaks, and Monster’s University. If we were you, We Steal Secrets is the best bet: the true story unfolds like a crime thriller, and was popular with the critics. For some leave your brain at the door action, though, you can’t go wrong with Pacific Rim.

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