Trap for Cinderella (15) 100 mins ***
Writer-director Iain Softley’s run of agreeably pulpy entertainments – remember Hackers? The Skeleton Key? – continues with this slowburn mystery-thriller, adapted from Sébastien Japrisot’s novel. Socialite Micky (Tuppence Middleton) emerges from an explosion days before she’s due to inherit her late aunt’s fashion empire with urgent questions about the whereabouts of Do (Alexandra Roach), her lovelorn BFF-turned-put-upon PA. Some forceful female characterisation is undermined by the attempt to get Tuppence’s thrupennies into every other shot, but it’s a small miracle that, operating just a few notches north of British cinema’s poverty line, Softley can still turn in something moderately stylish and more than partly watchable. The semi-absurd premise cloaks a barbed take – more Girl Model than The Devil Wears Prada – on the beauty regime, and the lengths it’ll go to to ensure business as usual.
Trap for Cinderella is in selected cinemas nationwide.