William & Kate (2011 TV Movie)
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All I want to say is that watching this film 2 days before the big event has really warmed me up and I can now say that I will be happily be watching the highlights with a smile upon my face. Back to the film I would honestly give it 0/Infinity for the appallingness of this film. However the laughs at it's expense definitely made it worthwhile watching.
A good laugh :P but maybe not for you.
But- I am really sorry, I didn't see the point of this movie. Now I will say I did like the glossy sheen to the film's look and I loved the locations. And while I thought little of the acting, two actors did at least try. One was Nico Evers-Swindell, while not looking much like William he does try very hard acting-wise and it shows. The other is Ben Cross as Prince Charles, it is not a great performance by all means, but he does take a fair stab at the accent and mannerisms.
But the other acting is pretty dire. Camilla Luddington fits the bill better than Evers-Swindell looks-wise does but the good things end there. Her acting is very forced and she has a very inconsistent accent. The pace is a let down as well, some of it is rushed(I blame the direction mostly in regards to this) not helped by a running-time that is too short, and some scenes move very pedantically and slowly contributing to the dullness of the romantic aspect to this film.
The story is structured poorly. It didn't bother me that the film was highly inaccurate and fictionalised. What actually did bother me was that a lot of it is uninteresting and dull and filled with clichés- not just in the story elements and characters but also in the tag line!- that have been used to death. In fact, the whole is largely reminiscent of a badly done soap opera. Also neither the comedy or romantic(which the film emphasises more of) aspects here work. The comedy is cheesy and contrived and the romance is unconvincing further disadvantaged by the lack of genuine chemistry between the two leads.
Where William and Kate really fails is in the direction and screenplay. The direction is awful, the overall impression I got of the direction here was that it was soulless and sluggish, and as for some of the camera angles they were very rushed in look and oddly placed and focused. The screenplay if humanly possible was even worse. A vast majority of the dialogue was excruciatingly embarrassing, rather than being amused or touched I found myself grimacing or making WTF? faces. And did I mention that there is a complete lack of likability or sympathy for the characters? All in all, poor and unnecessary with only the glossy look and two decent actors salvaging it from being a complete stinker. 3/10 Bethany Cox
When I first saw the trailer, I really thought it was a Funny or Die parody of the royal wedding.
I loved it, but for all the wrong reasons. The whole movie seems to have been created in a rush to cash in on the wedding hysteria and its a good example for really bad dialogues, clumsy schoolplay level acting and a totally ridiculous script full of prejudices against Britons. It's hilarious!
So if you want to cringe, you'll enjoy this movie. But don't bring any Kleenexes, you won't need them.
The movie is filmed in a glossy style that resembles an episode of "Gossip Girl", ie lots of swanking about in streets and colleges, and scenes set in exotic nightclubs and restaurants. It doesn't always convince, some of the special effects show that a lot of CGI backgrounds have been added outside of windows (and very obviously in that final "African sunset" scene!). But I suspect the film was made in a hurry, so for this reason, most of it looks pretty good. It just doesn't look much like England! But I do think the amount of scorn dished out here in the UK is unfair. Just because another country tries to make a semi-fictional representation of events that go on here does not give us the right to ridicule every part of it that they get wrong. And I'll admit that in the above paragraph, I have had some fun in doing just that. But I am not condemning the whole film as a failure just because it was made in another country and because I can spot geographical errors.
Whats interesting (and has possibly upset some UK viewers) is the use of sensitive facts for dramatic purposes. At one point William turns to his father (Prince Charles) and angrily barks "Did you ever really love my mother? If you loved Camilla, why didn't you just marry her?" It's juicy fodder for drama, and harmless in this context, but likely to make a few viewers prickle a bit.
So, I've had a bit of a laugh, but I didn't think it was that ridiculous. The film will probably disappear after the fuss of the wedding is over, but I am sure it entertained a lot of US viewers who enjoy all things royal. The main fault is that nothing really interesting has happened in this story so far, therefore there is very little plot! Put simply, and it would probably be almost impossible for one nation to make a realistic film about events set in another country, without that country being able to find fault with it.
This movie has no point of view. It's nothing. It looks like a commercial. It's so inoffensively bad, which is the worst kind of bad movie. I would have rated this a 10 if it played up every British stereotype we have, from chimney sweeps, Mary Poppins, Oliver Twist, and really snoody Brits who say things like, "Master William, please!"
If you are looking for an accurate film about William and Kate, you'll be sorely disappointed (unless you're very dim, in which case I suppose you might take it all as fact). Similarly if you want an intelligently-crafted romantic story, you'd find more of that watching Universal Soldier. However if you want to enjoy one of the daftest, most mystifyingly slap-dash, and yet somehow rather sweet and engaging films, this is just the ticket.
The acting veers towards the embarrassing (Kate, she of the fluctuating accent) and on to the eye-gougingly awful (Margaret, her bitchy rival for Will's affections), but most of the cast are probably more at the mercy of the script than their own lack of talent. Will is almost certainly nothing like the Prince in real life, but is a lovable if rather thick hero. Prince Charles is played quite capably, and special mention must go to some American chap called Richard Reid, who plays Derek, a fictitious Old Etonian pal of Will's, quite superbly - so perfect a depiction of a nonchalant, public-school layabout, that I actually thought I might know him! My only real complaint is Prince Harry, whose real-life personality should have been a gift to this film, but instead gets only 2 minutes on-screen, probably because the actor looks like a sickly little weed, and can barely mumble out his lines in some vile American drawl.
So there is just enough conventional merit that you can watch 10 minutes without wanting to put your foot through the telly and send Clarence House the bill. Now comes the fun part...
The catalogue of shockingly observed scenes and lines in this film has to be seen to be believed, but as I said before, they don't make you wince or feel frustrated, they're just bloody funny. From the shots of Oxford as a news-reader announces Will's decision to attend St Andrews to cringe-making, laddy student dialogue, from the unusually pathetic-looking shoot at Highgrove to the scenes as our favourite twosome finally get it on, it is an absolute hoot. A few silly giggles would not be enough, but there is this air of absolute daftness pervading every scene, which glues it all together. The characters are somehow likable despite the awfulness, even when it is Kate spouting drivel about the environment, or Charles, with Gandalf-like gravitas, proclaiming "So it begins!" while the couple first snog in front of the press. The plot just about holds together (you'd hope it would, being based on a true story), and yet there are moments of quite dumb-founding nonsense: Kate and her mother bemoaning the intrusion of the paparazzi while simultaneously discussing Kate and Will's relationship in front of said journalists; as for the will-they-won't-they bit near the end, words fail me. However, these are not complaints - this is comic gold, and if you're of a silly disposition as I am, you will be on the floor in hysterics for every idiotic, cliché-ridden minute of it. More than that, you will find yourself cheering them on at the end, even if you feel slightly sullied by the whole thing.
What I just cannot determine is what was and wasn't intended. I assume that it is just a beautiful accident that it is such a perfect blend of amusingly dire and yet quite sweet, but at times I almost wonder whether the bad bits are so bad that they were intended, the brilliant product of an in-joke between the writers and directors. This view would be hard to substantiate, but for my brother's observation that someone had bothered to make a sign for a nightclub in the film, reading "Boulanji" - an elision of Chelsea hot-spots Boujis and the erstwhile Mamilanji - perhaps a singular flash of wit, or perhaps the one clue that the rest is all one big joke as well.
Whatever the case, you'll have a lot of fun finding out for yourselves.
Good God, why on earth did I bother writing that.
The acting was bad, the directing was terrible, the story was so awful, it was clear that the writer didn't have any idea what a royal prince would have to go through. In the first part of the movie paparazzi was no where to be seen at all, and in the end of the movie they just conveniently appeared to start making hell out of their lives because nothing else was. The actors were horrible choices for each character - all clearly Ameican in their looks - and their accents and wording were the fakest British impersonations I've yet to see in the movie world. The props were plastic and/or really cheap, the scenes which were supposed to be in the royal places looked less elegant than some hotels I've seen. I feel like I've just lost two hours of my life... A total waste of time. Trust me.
It is weird to watch a movie about something you have already known, it is kinda like I know how it's going to end before I started watching it. As the end of the movie said: "This movie is INSPIRED by an actual event". This movie fulfill some of our (public) imagination about Will and Kate's love story, but perhaps more on the fantasy side of our imagination rather than what had actually happen.
Anyway I rate this movie 7 out of 10. It is a great movie if the guys are in the mood for a bit of laugh, or perhaps for teenage girls filling their mind with Prince Charming fantasy, or perhaps a bedtime movie for couples. Either way it's not too bad of a movie.
So basically they've turned a "royal love story" into a teen angst movie, with more clichés than I cared to count, with Kate and William constantly falling out over minor things but making up over a sing song, aww. Really unrealistic moments with Prince Big Ears inviting William's friends for tea and eating with him! Oh and let's not forget Kate swimming over to William and getting out all dripping wet and snogging his face off. That could really happen couldn't it?
But if you fancy a laugh you're in the right place, let's face it I only watched it to see how bad it was going to be.
The story obviously follows young Prince William (Nico Evers-Swindell) as he packs his bags and heads to St. Andrews to study, saying goodbye to his father Prince Charles (an embarrassed looking Ben Cross). He is swarmed by girls and hangers-on, and eventually befriends Ian (Jonathan Patrick Moore), and Kate Middleton (Camilla Luddington) who he in a class with. Their romance takes off, as the film switches from William's desire to keep their relationship private, to the eventual media frenzy after the announcement. Kate struggles with constant paparazzi attention, and William's commitment to his 'royal life' becomes a problem.
I feel almost bad tearing this film apart, as its clearly under no illusions of being anything by complete bull-s**t. But bull-s**t it is - a laughable, Americanised production that romanticises every possible aspect of the story which is surely an indication of how American's view the British (namely the English). The awful (mainly American) actors struggle with a methodical, cliché-ridden script which squeezes every formulaic aspect out of the genre (they even have a kiss in the rain). It's especially important to point out how laughable the fact is that the film highlights the intrusion the mass media have on their lives, when they just want a 'normal' life, when this film is precisely that. It is, however, quite funny, unintentionally I may add, with many cringe-worthy moments of pure awfulness, especially the scene where William watches Kate in a fashion show ("she's hot!"). Pure tosh.
This movie deals almost exclusively with William and Kate's relationship and his time at St Andrews college. I don't know how much of the story is true? My guess would be none of the personal stuff they show. You do however still get a feel for William's loneliness, the microscope he lives under, the ever present paparazzi and how his future is mapped out for him.
The only other royal represented in the movie is Prince Charles but you do get to see Kate's commoner family, who I really liked.
Ultimately this is a love story and the perfect bit of cheese to watch before or after the royal wedding. The actor who played William (Nico Evers-Swindell) was very good. 05.11
What bothered me the most about this film was not simply the cheesy acting, the use of American actors or the exaggeration of the plot, but the constant historical inaccuracy. From a family plagued by media distortion and lies, (a theme particularly focused on in the movie), this film did a good job of distorting the truth even further.
We don't know what happened between William and Catherine over the years they were dating, besides the few things we were told - but even those parts are presented incorrectly.
Even if the viewer doesn't regard the movie as truth to the slightest degree, they still will be disappointed by the hopeless storyline, the pathetic characterization and the fact that it's another failed attempt by an American film maker to present a British story. Only British know how to be British. Let them do the job of sharing their kingdom's story.
So you can probably understand from above that I'm not very pleased with the film.
One of my main concerns is that the time frame in the film jumps dramatically between scenes, leaving me confused as to what was happening. Particular important days were played out very slowly, and then suddenly the film jumped to nearly a year, and by the end of the movie I thought I had been cheated of some very important moments in the relationship that could just not have either fitted in the time frame the director had to create the movie, or was left out in the screenplay.
There are some good heated scenes, particularly between Charles and William, that have good dialogue, but most of the dialogue is either cheesy and very formal for what I would imagine the "People's Prince" to use, or very informal and not at all what William would say (particually scenes involving his friends). Of course, I have not talked to William in person, so I have no idea how he is in real life, I am only presuming upon how he appears on TV.
Kate comes off as a very self-determined woman (that's my way of putting it nicely). Really, I thought she was a bit of a b****, even though she is determined to see William as a man and not see him as everyone else does, as the future King of England. This is certainly not how she appears to come across in real life and as we have seen her over the years.
Also, the thing that really annoyed me is that pictures of them in newspapers and magazines, and even the newspapers themselves look incredibly fake. Also, backgrounds in the car and when William proposes in Kenya are pretty bad. It makes this film feel very unbelievable.
The actors do a great job but their performance is heavily compromised by the screenplay and direction. I do understand that the film is American based - so yes, the accents could do with some improving.
A good try. I would really, really like someone to pick up this fantastic idea and do a proper, deserving job, with no cliché romance. Definitely agree with the straight-to-DVD and TV decision made.
CONCLUSION: One to watch for Royal fans (like me), its a very romantic and quick look that scratches the surface at how William and Kate met, and the ending scene is very sweet. If you can bear the probable inaccuracies and rushed dialogue/time, then this is for you.
After being led to believe that the entire film was going to make me cringe I am surprised to say that there was only one scene I had real trouble with... prizes to those that guess which scene it was... and other than that I rather liked it. Camilla and Nico are not convincing as the real Will and Kate but after all the cliché films like The Prince and Me I think we are used to silly romances that involve the trial and tribulations of marrying royalty.
The movie was gentle to both the real life figures showing neither of them in a bad light, the romance was sweet and believable with funny moments and nice settings.
There have been many complaints about their accents (which weren't too bad) and the fact that they look nothing like their counterparts but that was part of the charm for me. It took it away from the real people and made it simply a sweet film about two young people in love which is a nice way to think about the royal couple. I hope to see more from both the leads again as it's always interesting to get fresh faces in the movie world, and Camilla definitely had charm.
The Royal Family eating off gold plate while a starving populus looks helplessly on.
The Queen ordering her Prime Minister to get the Hussars to sabre the miners marching on the Palace in protest at their 18hr working day.
The Irish, too weak to resist on their diet of blighted potatoes, forced to contribute their savings to allay the expense of the Royal Wedding.
Beefeaters preventing the ragged girl with the twisted foot from entering Parliament to get some money for her operation.
Worst of all, no mention of how the 7th Cavalry saved Prince William when his helicopter got into difficulties over Afghanistan.
Apart from these few minor gripes an excellent film.
** William & Kate (4/18/11) Mark Rosman ~ Nico Evers-Swindell, Camilla Luddington, Ben Cross, Jonathan Wood
Anyway, along with all that, the filming was awful and film did not stick to the facts. Very poor research done in the entirety of the film.
At the same time, I thought the major characters (except for poor Prince Charles) were treated sympathetically. One sequence that had me rolling my eyes and kind of grinning sympathetically at the same time, was the scene in which she dove from her boat, the crew girls cheered, etc. It probably didn't happen that way, but it should have.
This soapy operetta makes William appear to be some simpering, love sick wimp, while most of the women in this film (Kate, her mum, etc) are portrayed as conniving, clawing, or simplistic feline clichés.
Well, we have to consider who this tripe is targeted at. Thank goodness the wedding is over and so, too, will be the topical appeal of this waste of celluloid-substitute. That is, until some British coronation, some Royal funeral or the birth of their first child.
In reality, Kate Middleton would never step out of a car without her legs together and i doubt she would go hunting either. The accents are over pronounced and there are so many red buses and taxis and miserable weather, its more like a bingo game for clichés for England.
The script isn't going to win any Oscars, the acting is very staunch. And Kate is really tall in real life, but the one who plays Will is just as charming in the film. It is entertaining as a film but not at all factual. I think a film about Harrys antics would be equally watchable such as when he dressed up as a nazi, getting in to fights in clubs or getting stoned.
Further more, a lady does not cross her legs, she would sit up straight and cross at the ankles, some etiquette that is missed on the American 's who made this film.
People should watch this with a pinch of salt, it kills an hour or so.
If you are a Royalty fan then watch Helen Mirran's "The Queen" and don't waste your time with this piece of junk.
The proposal scene is hysterical!!!!! I nearly threw something at the TV screen! Wills goes down on one knee and even though they are seemingly in the middle of some kind of African safari (?) Kate is fully made up, in glamorous evening dress and hair styled to an inch of its life, and then with the sun going down in the background, and their Arabian Tent in the foreground, (completely furnished of course) he puts a ring on her finger! You have been warned, "Old Man"...