A Christmas Prince
Director: Alex Zamm
Writer: Karen Schaler, Nate Atkins
Cast: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige, Honor Kneafsey, Sarah Douglas, Emma Louise Saunders, Theo Devaney, Daniel Fathers, Tahirah Sharif, Amy Marston, Joel McVeagh, Tom Knight, Richard Ashton
Seen on: 28.12.2019
Budding journalist Amber (Rose McIver) gets the opportunity to report on the succession of Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) who has so far shown no inclination to take on responsibility: if he doesn’t accept the throne within the next weeks, he will forfeit his right to it altogether. But instead of an enlightening press conference, Amber gets no info whatsoever. By coincidence, she is mistaken as the tutor for Princess Emily (Honor Kneafsey) and takes the opportunity to go undercover to find out more about the royal household. It soon turns out that Richard is quite different than Amber thought.
A Christmas Prince is probably the epitome of Christmas movies. As such it and its sequels are practically inescapable, but they also made me reach the point where I could finally get out of my Christmas movie stupor. Because it really is a bit much, especially watching all three
A Christmas Prince leaves no cliché unused, no trope unattended. If you expect any kind of novelty here, forget it. That is perfectly alright for a Christmas movie, but I have to admit that my patience with royalism is not very pronounced, to put it lightly, and dammit, that movie has so much of that. The rulers here are all kind and wonderful and interested in their people – they are practically every ideal of benevolent nobility. And the romanticization of the monarchy that comes with that was really hard to take for me. I know, I know, what did expect, watching a film calles “A Christmas Prince”, but a girl can dream that one of these days one of these films will be all about how the royals remove themselves from power, no?
Anyway, Rose McIver’s Amber is the usual romance heroine: beautiful, but a little clumsy, kind and well-meaning, but sometimes caught up in the wrong decisions, her characterization trying the hardest to pretend that she actually has flaws. Ben Lamb’s Richard was way too bland for my taste. He doesn’t really have a personality to speak of.
That means that Amber actually has more chemistry with Emily and Emily is certainly the most interesting character in the entire film. While Kneafsey is good in the role, they unfortunately cast a nondisabled actress in a disabled role. Cripping up like this is a practice that really has to go and die in a cave.
A Christmas Prince certainly gives you 90 minutes of entertainment where you don’t have to think a single thought once, so if that’s what you’re looking for, go for it by all means. For me, it was the first step out of the Christmas-shaped hole I had fallen into during the holidays.
Summarizing: your mileage will vary a lot with this film.