Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

Rating: 35%Alright so my looking back at Anne Hathaway's career has meant looking at some of her...less then big movies. Really I watched this after watching the first movie, I just kind of ignored it until now to review it. So here's my review for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Plot: It's been five years since the events of the first movie and Mia has just recently graduated college. The then returns to Genovia where her grandmother Clarisse plans to step down and let Mia replace her a Queen of Genovia. During Mia's 21st birthday celebration, she dances with all of the bachelor's in Genovia to try to find a husband and along the way meets a charming man named Nicholas. The next day Clarisse and Mia find out while the parliament of Genovia is in session that  Viscount Mabrey reveals that his nephew Lord Devereaux is another heir tot he throne and that by law, Mia must find a husband in 30 days or give up the crown. So Mia, Clarisse and their friends try to find a husband for her while Lord Devereaux stays in the castle and turns out to be Nicholas himself.

This was hardly as good as the first one. I mean it had its nice and cute moments with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews just like the first and some of the cast is more interesting with Chris Pine and John Rhys-Davis, but otherwise the plot is made and structured to be more cheesy then it was doing the first film. Part of that is that it has a lot of scenes where it acts more like it's made from Disney Channel instead of Walt Disney studios. I mean that because while the first movie is known as a chick flick, it still had some cute moments and nice charm that can make it a nice movie for guys to watch too. The second movie on the other hand mostly just makes it perfectly clear that it's a chick flick and especially for little girls with scenes like the sleepover, the parade (though I admit that putting the kids in the parade and the whole shelter thing afterwords was pretty cool on Mia's part), and putting Raven-Symoné in the film (I mean no judgement on her as an actress since I've only seen her in this film and stuff like that, but having her in the movie, however brief she was in it, just made it feel more like this was a Disney Channel movie which I consider it something of a downplay compared to the first film). So at the end of the day, you can still enjoy some of the charm the movie will have with Hathaway, Andrews and maybe even Pine and Rhys-Davis at some point- and heck, you even get a Stan Lee cameo out of watching this movie (I know right!?! I was freaking surprised at that too!!!), but it still is made more to its primary audience then the first one was including a story and also characters that are not as uncheesy as you would probably like.

John Rhys-Davis and Chris Pine/Viscount Mabrey and Lord Nicholas: Well both of them had characters that were mostly bland. I mean you know Nicholas is being the charmer and you know what happens in the end with him and Mabrey...was not exactly what you call a subtle villain, you know he's evil you know he really wants his family to have the crown (which is what makes this character so particularly blunt) and really seems dumb at some points that Nicholas sides with him at some points. Although you HAVE to love Mabrey at the end because of how he gets all pissed of Gimbli style the moment he shouts "LOVELY ON A POSTAGE STAMP!?!?!"

Music: While the score wasn't much I did think it was nice that this movie did have "Breakaway" from Kelly Clarkson, and at least a brief mandarin version of "Miracles Happen"

And that's my review for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. It had some of the charm that made the first movie a nice one, but after that, it's more of a cheesy film with some bland characters and was just made more for its original audience then I for one would've liked after the first one.  

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