'Sneakerella' movie review: All heart and sole

In my case, it’s also about the motivation to go scrub my sneakers clean, and if possible, find a new pair or two.

Published: 22nd May 2022 05:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2022 09:37 AM   |  A+A-

A still from 'Sneakerella'

A still from 'Sneakerella'. (Photo| IMDb)

Express News Service

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most iconic Disney princess of all? With all the adaptations over the years, the answer is surely Cinderella. After various reimaginings of the blue-eyed princess, we now get Sneakerella that not only has a gender swap to boot, but also professes unparalleled love for sneakers.

El (Chosen Jacobs), the protagonist, is a genius shoe designer, forced to be a stock-boy in his family-run shoe store. And of course, he has two evil step-brothers and a stepfather who doesn't care about him. However, El does have a wonderful support system in the form of his friend Sami (Devyn Nekoda) and the inhabitants of his almost magical neighbourhood in Queens.

Right from when we meet El, we know that his kicks are his life, and the narrative choice of treating Sneakerella as a musical is a masterstroke. Be it El's intro song about shoes, or his meet-cute with Kira (Lexi Underwood) or a rap battle, elevated by an ode to 'Queens', the choice to treat this film as a musical breathes life into this reimagination.

We already know the story even if there are new players in the mix; so, it is really up to the performances to keep us invested, and in Sneakerella, they do. The caricaturish evilness of El's family is wonderfully complemented by the grounded camaraderie between El and Sami.

While the romantic portions between El and Kira follow age-old templates, their earnestness tears through the cliches. It is impressive how the writers sneaked in the idea of having actual shoes into the mix with the 'Sneakercon' being the replacement of the Cinderella ball dance. 

Will El, an ambitious young man from Queens, make it all the way across to Manhattan and become the hotshot shoe designer he is destined to be? There is also a whiff of magic, courtesy the presence of neighbourhood florist Gustavo (Juan Chioran), who says things like "Return by 12..." This angle seems too whimsical, and on the nose though.

The resolutions of conflicts, however, are far too simple, but that, I suppose, is in keeping with this type of cinema that starts with "Once Upon a Time" and ends with "Happily Ever After". This film isn't about plot ingenuity; it's about making new memories with the old. In my case, it's also about the motivation to go scrub my sneakers clean, and if possible, find a new pair or two.


Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp