Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: The Princess Diaries

Director: Garry Marshall

Starring: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo

Year: 2001

Genre: Family

Rated: G

Length: 115 min.

IMDB Summary: Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her 15th year.

This film puzzles me...Andrews and Hathaway are magical together, the premise is sound, the cinematography is decent, the music is workable, and yet The Princess Diaries feels incredibly stilted and strained, as if filmmakers know we've seen this plot before but continue down the beaten path regardless. With its big stars and promising premise, this movie could have been phenomenal. Instead, The Princess Diaries relies on frivolous character interactions which drive home the point to viewers that this type of plot has, in fact, been done before. I was disappointed by the film's run-of-the-mill jokes--the mere concept of a princess sitting in a high school classroom should have given screenwriters plenty of fodder for laughs. However, the initial charm of The Princess Diaries quickly wears off, leaving viewers to contemplate why they spent 115 minutes in this visual limbo.

For Parents:
Some mild flirtation at a beach party

My Rating:
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