A Cinderella Story: Starstruck review by Drusilla Blakey
I was a fan of the original Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff as well as the recent Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish. So I was interested to watch this new sixth installment in the Cinderella Story series.
Starstruck tells the story of small town farm girl Finley (Bailee Maidson from The Good Witch) who has big dreams of having a Hollywood career. When a movie production crew comes to her small town, she does whatever it takes to audition, including dressing up like a cowboy named "Huck." In true "Cinderella Story" fashion, she has a horrible step-mother and mean step siblings to deal with.
The interesting twist with her mean family is that this time, instead of two mean step sisters, we have a step sister and step brother. Also interesting is that the step-mother and step sister in this movie were both previously in 'Christmas Wish.' I actually found this to be a bit off putting as I was getting into this movie - like why are we repeating people? Do we not have enough actors to go around? A bit annoying and it took a little bit for me to let it go.
Now the stand out in this movie is Bailee Madison. She's very talented and has a wonderful singing voice; she was a pleasure to watch in this role. The character of Finley/Huck had a lot to do and several quick changes happen on screen while she is moving. So in a way it was like we were watching a stage production and it was a lot of fun to watch. The love story with her and Jackson (Michael Evans Behling) was cute to watch as well and they seem to have good chemistry.
Overall this is a nice installment to the Cinderella Story series. It follows the same formula as all the other movies and its target audience seems to be very much young adult in nature. So if you're a fan of the series, you're sure to enjoy it.
Decide for yourself and check out A Cinderella Story: Starstruck available now on digital and DVD from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.