Review: Princess: A Modern Fairytale (2008)

Princess: the kind of movie in front of which you can safely plop your 10-year-old… or veg out and pretend to be 10 again.

My Impression:

Princess is a delightful, simple story in the classic average-Joe-falls-for-a-perfect-princess vein. While nothing about the movie is unusual or spectacular (unless you count actress Nora Zehetner’s looks or her character’s wardrobe), it is enjoyable, and well scripted and acted for a teen-targeted, TV movie. The tone of the movie, with its pretty scenery and modern-meets-Medieval theme, reminded me of the more well-known Letters to Juliet.

Production:

The script does have some cheesy moments: the opening voice-over is a vague few lines that don’t form a coherent though process. I think the writers were trying a little too hard to put mystery into the introduction. Then, toward the end, a supporting character gives a pep talk that is boilerplate enough to pep up nearly any character who is running away from any problem, in any movie from the past three decades. Other than these two moments, the dialogue felt very natural and moved the story along without giving too much away.

The cinematography was good enough that I didn’t take note of it, but not good enough that I remember anything specific about which to comment. As mentioned above, I was a fan of the scenery and wardrobe choices, which were both vibrant.

The CGI creatures were noticeably fake.

Theology:

The only potentially theologically-charged concepts are that instincts are worth trusting, mythical creatures are real and certain humans can communicate with them, and some things are meant to be and some people have a destiny they may or may not be fortunate enough to fulfill.

Morally, the main characters are outstanding, with the exception of William’s failure, early in the movie, to correct a misconception Ithaca has about him. As we all know, unaddressed misconceptions are incredibly annoying but are an easy way to create a plot. Thus, we suspend our annoyance and just hope the truth will come out before too long. In this case, it does, and William is appropriately regretful for his lack of honesty.

Big ideas:

  • Fairy tales are based on reality.
  • Mythical creatures.
  • Helping animals.
  • Humans who communicate with animals.
  • Forgiveness.
  • You are capable of more than you think.
  • Destiny/some things are meant to be.
  • It’s sad to miss your destiny.
  • Some lives have one, specific purpose.
  • Embrace the situation you find yourself in.
  • Take a chance on people you don’t know.
  • A time-sensitive quest.
  • Even average humans can be helpful.
  • Trust intuition.
  • “True love.”
  • Romance is not the most important quest.
  • Protecting others from harm.
  • Some secrets should be kept.