Hold up! This is not a fairytale or some Prince-Charming-magical-kiss kind of movie. I recently watched The Princess and I was wowed! The movie is categorized under Action/Drama.
Unlike the usual Princess fairytale movies where the Princess waits patiently for her handsome Prince/Knight in shining armor to save her in distress, this movie takes a whole new approach.
The Princess relays the story of King (Ed Stoppard) and Queen (Alex Reid) who has two daughters – Princess (Joey King), and Allegra du Toit and they all live in the Royal Palace. As the King approaches the end of his tenure of Kingship, who then will be his Heir given he has no son? Meanwhile, his first daughter (Joey King) – the Princess, has a lifetime dream to be a warrior, a fighter, even with the disapproval of the king.
What happens when she refuses to marry dictator Lord Julius (Dominic Cooper) who seeks to take over the throne and to whom she is betrothed. What happens when the Kingdom is under attack? Do ancient traditions remain the same? Would the Princess abandon her childhood dream to face her duties in the Royal Palace? Or Would she be able to save her family?
I particularly loved the acting in The Princess. She possessed the strong will, bravery, sarcasm, defiance, courage, and even a bit of humor! Her fighting skills were mind-boggling, you’d be surprised, not some little tea cup party. One can say she is ‘small but mighty.
The fat bodyguard is another character I enjoyed watching, such a Comic relief. His demeanor, size, and facial expressions would make you laugh. It’s a wonder how he even became one of the bodyguards.
The movie was good though it had certain issues. There was no character development for some unnamed characters and even for some named characters. I also felt that during the course of the movie, she seemed to forget that she broke her thumb.
Generally, the movie was interesting and had me glued to the end. The flashbacks threw more light on the story. The costumes, rugged look, weapons, music, makeup to accents were on point. There are some moral lessons to learn also.
If you’re an action/drama/comedy movie lover, this should be on your watchlist.