Friday, December 28, 2018

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018)

Number Rolled: 99
Movie Name/Year: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018)
Tagline: None
Genre: Drama, Romance
Length: 92 minutes
Rating: TV-PG
Production Companies: Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA)
Producer: Vince Balzano, Robin Bernheim, Cristian Bostanescu, Miruna Gheorghiu, Eric Jarboe, Amy Krell, Brad Krevoy, Christopher Landry, Amanda Phillips Atkins, Jimmy Townsend
Director: John Schultz
Writer: Nate Atkins, Karen Schaler
Actors: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige, Honor Kneafsey, Sarah Douglas, Theo Devaney, John Guerrasio, Andy Lucas, Simon Dutton, Katarina Cas, Richard Ashton, Raj Bajaj, Tahirah Sharif, Joel McVeagh, Billy Angel, Tom Knight, Claudiu Trandafir, David Broughton-Davies, Razvan Gheorghiu

Blurb from Netflix: A year after helping Richard secure the crown, Amber returns to Aldovia to plan their wedding. But her simple tastes clash with royal protocol.

Selina’s Point of View:
I think this one was just as basic as the last. I really don’t even have much to say about it.

A Christmas Prince (2017-2018) just tends to channel The Princess Diaries (2001-2004) as hard as it possibly can. It’s got a different story, but follows almost every trope in it. It’s almost parallel otherwise.

It’s not even better or worse than the aforementioned films, either. I’m guessing someone who watches these first might think them better, while people like me would think them worse. It’ll wind up being a perspective thing to most. At least, that’s what I think.

All-in-all, from my perspective, it’s alright background noise, but don’t expect much else from it.

Cat’s Point of View:
I have been looking forward to this final offering in our month of Christmas-themed movies. The first Christmas Prince movie was so enchanting that I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next – and if it could stand up to the first.

I now have my answer, and it’s …. Eh sort-of.

Where I don’t think that this film necessarily tripped into all the pitfalls of sequel-it is, it did seem to suffer a bit from the feeling of ‘been there, done that.’

I was certainly pleased that the vast majority of the cast were able to reprise their roles – and that the production took in stride the only truly noticeable exception by even wittily pointing it out through dialogue. I can’t say that the ensemble caught the same lightning in a bottle, but there were still some good sparks.

Overall, I do feel that the sequel did keep true to the spirit of its predecessor. I just wouldn’t recommend watching the pair of films back to back. It’s easier to take the differences between the two when there’s been a bit of real time between them, much as there was a time jump in the story.  Binging both together, unfortunately forces the audience’s perspective a bit – especially with the notable cast change front and center from the end of the first and the opening scenes of the second.

All in all, this is still a heart-warming family movie that won’t waste your time spent enjoying it.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 64%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 27%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 5.1/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 2.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating3/5

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