The Princess is a 2022 American historical fantasy action film about a young woman that refuses to wed a cruel sociopath.
Directed by Le-Van Kiet (The Ancestral; The Requin; Furie; The Rich Woman; The Lost Tour: Vietnam; Bay Cap 3; House in the Alley; Dust of Life) from a screenplay co-written by Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton.
The 20th Century Studios-Original Film production stars Joey King (Bullet Train; Zeroville; Slender Man; Wish Upon), Olga Kurylenko (White Elephant; Sentinelle; The Room), Dominic Cooper (Warcraft; Dracula Untold), Antoni Davidov, Radoslav Parvanov, Katelyn Rose Downey, Alex Reid, Ed Stoppard, Kristofer Kamiyasu and Fergus O’Donnell.
When a beautiful, strong-willed princess refuses to wed the cruel sociopath to whom she is betrothed, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle. With her scorned, vindictive suitor intent on taking her father’s throne, the princess must protect her family and save her kingdom…
“The film moves very fast, and the fighting is impressively choreographed, but dialogues are mostly limited to flashbacks and snarky one-liners […] The female empowerment message is clear, albeit simplistic […] The Princess will find its fans, but some might wonder if it could’ve been done with more story to match the action.” Common Sense Media
“The movie is fast-paced without descending into chaos. If anything, it can feel slightly over-choreographed at times; there are moments where the anonymous villains take falls a little too balletically and predictably […] This lightweight quality could be said to reflect the movie’s vaguely facile feminism, especially given that the princess must be conscripted into saving her family, rather than a truly gender-flipped helpless prince.” Consequence
” …The Princess delivers its hook in spades. It’s perilously close to being non-stop action, with most of the plot (understandably) being dealt with in past-tense flashbacks. It’s certainly another example of a solid action movie that’s not based on a video game but is inspired by them, with a certain “level to level” combat that keeps the blood flowing.” Forbes
“Multiple action scenes by the end begin to weigh down the script and are pure filler, even head-scratching when they escape from one room to go back, which is redundant. The ending does not work and is too cheesy for its own good […] for all its positive attributes, The Princess does not outweigh the obvious flaws in execution.” 2.5 out of 5, Ready Steady Cut
“The Princess is a typical streaming mishap. We have too many of those now, slowly turning into an epidemic. It is a watchable movie – but barely. Fighting and action are all this has to offer for viewers. The feminist quips, and the power of the gender to fight back, all come in dated forms and feel too self-indulgent to engage with fully.” The Review Geek
“Joey King is a credible action star and Princess, but she deserves a better kingdom than this uneven vehicle that gets weighed down by a clunky script and shabby production values.” Rotten Tomatoes consensus
“The Princess is an action-packed journey from beginning to end […] With that said, though, there’s not much memorable about King’s take on the princess, and the material doesn’t lend itself for the cast to shape out the characters enough to make them pop off the page. The Princess channels its inner badass but fails to make much of an impression in the long term once credits roll.” 4.5 out of 10 Vital Thrills
The Princess is available for streaming on Hulu.
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