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I actually had contempt for this movie before it started. One of the very first scenes was Prince William and Prince Harry having a private conversation. Oh brother, a biography about someone but it has fictional conversations thrown in as filler. But as the movie progressed, and even as more fictional conversations took place, I was able to feel great compassion for Prince William. Here's this kid who knows the paparazzi contributed to his dear mum's death, he didn't choose to be a royal, he was born one & there's nothing he can do about it.... so he copes, he tries his best to be a regular kid and he achieves in some ways. Though William can have anything he wants he has a father and a grandma who cares for him very much, he has a brother he has to look out for, and he has to be a kid... all while being in line to become the next King of England! Whew. Not something I'd ever want! In particular in this movie I enjoyed the portrayal of William's chief protector, Tony. What an assignment and what a great character, underneath surely some SAS guy who knows how to kill someone 840 ways but to William he's a down to earth guy and a great friend. Actually not that bad of a movie but for how accurate it is it gets probably an F but overall a surprising C
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I caught this film on Sky Movies the other week and thought it was
As an Englishman and an unashamed monarchist I find the American attitude to royalty absurd unless of course they regret becoming a republic and not keeping the monarchy on independence like Canada, Australia etc later did.
Despite a British cast the dialogue was in mainly American English (we have holidays here not vacations).
I don't believe that the first time William and Cammila met was in Charles' bedroom at St James Palace and this was pure speculation on the film makers part.
As for presenting the Queen as a very cold, unsmiling person this is wrong the Queen is said to be in private a very happy, jolly woman with a mischievous sense of humour as evidenced in the BBC films made for her 40th and 50th anniversaries of being on the throne.
Although the royal family do live pampered lives with many servants etc they are not as out of touch with modern society as most ill-informed people (esp Hollywood producers) think. You only have to look as far as the work Prince Charles does with his Princes Trust charity helping young disadvantaged people.
My name is Elisabeth, and I'm a Prince Harry fanatic. I'm currently suffering from a condition that makes me obsessed with the spoiled party prince who would never give me the time of day. Moving on, 3 years ago my obsession was at it's height, and I was so excited to see that there would be a T.V. movie about Prince William on ABC. Oh how wonderful, I thought. Because everyone knows, where Prince William is, Prince Harry's not far behind. I watched the movie and was horrified the way harry was portrayed. I was so shocked by it, I blocked it out. But last weekend at a slumber party, a friend of mine suggested we watch this movie again. I was once again reminded of Eddie Cooper's worst,and to my knowledge, only role. So now as I crouch in Cooper's garden, adjusting my silencer, I warn you this movie is abso-bloody-lutely awful. I gave it a 3 because I thought the parts when William does stupid stuff and gets hurt were funny.
As TV movies about notables go, this wasn't bad. I had read all of this information about Prince William in a Vanity Fair article about him when he turned 21 and this film basically covered exactly the details in that article. I thought it was interesting to see it played out and I liked the actor playing Wills. The actor playing Harry was pretty good too. The royal family might not be in touch with the current times, but it was interesting to see how someone in Prince William's situation has to deal with all the press and other stresses that the average teenager never has to deal with. Of course, after the Prince is old enough to have made some sort of a real contribution to the world, a much more interesting movie about him could be made. For now, we could have supposed everything this film has to offer and I know we could have read it in Vanity Fair. Also recently saw a TV movie about Grace Kelly, and that was REALLY bad. This Prince William film was at least tasteful and rather respectful.
The beginning is very sad. I cried a lot. Diana was such a lovely woman. She was a great humanitarian and I hope that her sons follow in her footsteps. I still think that Diana's death wasn't a accident. I think the thing that surprised me the most was that they selected actors that were better looking that the characters they portrayed, most especially Prince Charles and Camilla. The Queen too, she seemed nicer than the Queen that I've seen before. Prince Harry looks like he is playing himself, but the actor they chose for William could have been better looking. All must remember that this movie is not based on fact, but suppositions. It's too weird to be real.
What is this about American English? I'm British and have actually seen
the movie a few times (but more about that in a sec) - but there are no
American accents in the film. If I understand the other messages people
seem to be suggesting that there are Americans trying British accents?
As a Brit I would argue with that - I can't spot any out of place or
struggling accents. The only thing I would argue is that Will's accent
is a lot stronger than that when you hear him speak.
With regards to the actual film, I think it has good intentions but falls short. I first caught it on TV when I was just flicking through the channels for something to watch. I have to admit, the first thing that caught my attention was the impersonations- you have to just laugh when you see the Queen/Duke of Edinburgh/Queen Mum.
No-one in this film is brilliant, but I think most of that could be put down to the awful script. (Abso-bloody-lutely - Ron Weasley anyone?) The direction is pretty shoddy, and it is a serious plot told in an almost jokey style.
And there is no resolution to the story either - is this supposed to be a film about the struggle between Wills and Charles - if so there seems to be no attempt to show them make bonds - they just suddenly do! I say - remake it - but carry the film on - go beyond 2005 - go forward 20 years (probably 40 more likely with the Windsor's lifespans) - show the coronation! Create some bizarre twist in which we see the passing of the two other monarchs and Wills becomes King of the Galaxy!
I was surprised at this movie - I watched it because, like many Americans, I have an interest in British royalty, but I also had few expectations about this picture. It was, however, a very well-done movie and I look forward to seeing it again. The plot was straightforward and simple, yet captured the attention of the viewer. The characters were excellently portrayed and personalized. The movie didn't try to put forth one side or the other, sway the viewer, or be politically correct, but presented Prince William's life as objectively as possible. I give it six stars because it wasn't a dramatic masterpiece (it wasn't supposed to be), but was an enjoyable movie that told a good story, and that I could watch several times.
Those poor kids. It might seem a bit strange, but that's the thought
that kept coming into my mind as I watched this. To me, William and
Harry are objects of pity - and for that matter so are Charles and
Elizabeth and the rest of them. Who would want that life? A life which
is all about doing one's duty without emotion, keeping a stiff upper
lip, having your life picked apart by tabloids and your decisions made
(or at least heavily influenced by) politicians and civil servants,
etc. etc. without any real outlet for just letting go and being
oneself. I actually think constitutional monarchy is a great system of
government; I'm just glad I'm not the constitutional monarch, or even
part of the family!
The movie opens with Princes William and Harry being told of the death of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The most powerful scene in the movie actually occurs very early on in a confrontation between William and Queen Elizabeth (Rosemary Leach) over Diana's funeral. William wants a royal funeral. Elizabeth says no - she wasn't a member of the Royal Family anymore, she was an outsider. To which William replies - "she wasn't an outsider. She was my mother!" We then follow the princes (mostly William as the title implies) over the next few years as they come to terms with her death and with their growing resentment of the paparazzi, whom they blame for her death, and their anger over the control various figures (from the Queen down through civil servants) exert over their lives. The particular focus of the movie is William's time at Eton College, and the various misadventures he gets into, being somewhat removed from the watchful eye of his family. Jordan Frieda was quite believable as William, I thought Eddie Cooper less believable as Harry. I found Martin Turner's portrayal of Prince Charles intriguing, as well as quite sympathetic to the Prince of Wales.
Is any of this to be taken seriously? I have no idea. However, I must say that whether any of it's true or not, it was a very entertaining couple of hours, and - even if not true - presented a believable enough portrayal of what it must be like to live constantly in the spotlight as a member of the Royal Family. Personally, I quite enjoyed it. 9/10
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I think most people who have seen this movie stumble upon it. They don't really mean to watch it and take it seriously. Admittedly, I chose to watch this film to see if the actor they chose to play the Prince could match his handsome attributes. I was sorely disappointed with not only the chosen actor for William but for many of the other characters - Charles and Harry each carried a distinct traditional attractiveness that I don't think the real ones carry. (Don't get me wrong, I think Harry is attractive, he just looks like too much of a frat boy) However, as the movie progressed, I realized that the cast was FANTASTIC. Each character portrayed their emotions superbly and had me riveted the entire time. It seriously shone a different light upon the Royals than I thought they would be. I was barely a preteen when Princess Di died, but I remember to almost a fantastic extent this picture of the Royal family - Charles stalwart and staring off to the distance and the young princes looking most forlorn with their heads bowed. Apparently I wasn't the only one whom this picture made a grand impression on because they made this a powerful scene in the movie. Basically, you should watch it.
After having woken up from a coma lasting 10 years, my first priority was of course to find out how the royal family had been getting on. In the absence of any tabloids at my hospital bedside i watched prince william on the hospital tv screen. Actors really shouldn't be allowed to imitate the royals. This film is based purely on speculation and must have been awfully embarrassing for the princes to watch (which i sincerely doubt they did). They come out looking like lunatics who have no grasp of anything 20th century when in fact they both RULE (quite literally at some point in the future). ANyway, this film is so tedious i'm slipped back into coma again.
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