There’s a dissonance between the film’s darker subjects and its seeming desire to offer something uplifting at the end, and the mediocre songs are a distraction.
For the most part, this movie features a different way of doing things even if it eventually loses some of that originality in order to conform to the comic book aesthetic.
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"Blue Bayou" channels plenty of anger and passion and the narrative lynchpin is compelling but Chon’s capabilities as a writer don’t match those as a director and an actor.
A lively, crowd-pleasing story with heart to go along with the glitter and glitz.
As a mood piece, the film works well, but as a character study, it’s flawed and as a narrative, it’s erratic.
Looking at the list of "Cinderella" adaptations I have seen, none comes close to this level of badness.
A day-glo, forgettable rom-com demanding minimal attention that rewards those make it through the 90-minute brain-dead experience with the expected sappy ending.
Would that more genre films were as thoughtful and thought-provoking, mixing substance with splatter in a fashion that builds uneasiness on more than one level.
Although made with care and competence and featuring a strong underlying premise, the film as a whole is forgettable.