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OK The first one was not that great, but well.. It was a typical been done 20 times better already unoriginal type fair, but it was still OK I guess. This garbage takes a dump all over it.
They took Amber's father from the first movie who was a good kind smart strong guy and replaced him with an unfunny disgraceful bozo JarJar Binks type fool and don't even get be started on the designer clown. They were so bad and so over the top it was painfully unbearable to suffer through.
Not sure what the director was thinking but he should find a new line of work.
I can understand replacing actors in a role, but why change the character? The dad was a strong, supportive, loving, and wonderful person. They made him an absolute buffoon in this one. He's ridiculously unlikeable in this!
Also, why did they make her friends so bitter and unsupportive this time?! Her venting to her friends should be met with support, not making her feel guilty since they are either unemployed or hate their jobs.
I could go on and on about the wedding planner and his asinine antics, but I just want to forget this character even exists.
The storyline was a bit of a mess. It's like they sat in the writer's room and decided to throw in every conflict they could think of. It just like felt like it was too much trouble going on.
On a positive note, Amber didn't change. Her heart still leads the way in love of family, and she still rocks her sneakers. The royal family didn't change, and are still very accepting of Amber. The chemistry between Amber and Richard is still tops!
Bottom line, if they would have toned down the antics and kept the characters with their original traits, I think this would have been a lot better.
As a cute, typical, royal romance and Christmas movie, I think it delivers. Yeah it's cheesy, but of course it is! I watched the first one and it's the same thing! I think it's a charming, cheesy, Christmas romance. That's what I wanted to watch when I started the movie, and that's what I got!
NOT DISAPPOINTED. And Rose McIver is adorable!
The production paid no attention to details in costume (some look so cheap, her wedding gowns as an example).
The conversations about how to govern the country are... horrendous. Do not watch this movie.
I think that the best part of the movie was when a journalist princess did the investigation and when she wrote "fishy" on piece of paper. I mean, she would probably forget that something is fishy so I think that was really good and intelligent thing to do!
Btw. who would want to be princess in this age? Even more in some Aldovia (who is making up this names?? Did you notice that all kingdoms are ending up with "ovia"? Maybe that is a definition of magical place; like kingdom of Poopovia)
Furthermore, who ever came up with original personality of princess "fishy" father should get a "Poopovia" reward for best character or at least a nominee. Great stuff.
One of the biggest disappointments in this movie is the copy + paste from the original movie. Cab-stealing, Amber almost killing somebody with an arrow, and sleighing were all reused even if they played no big part to the plot.
They rewrote Simon's character, the guy who tried to steal the crown in the first place. He was portrayed to be very sketchy in all of this movie, and we were supposed to expect him to be the bad guy once again - except he wasn't. The bad guy in this movie is a new character who is apparently significant to the Kingdom but unknown to us until halfway in the movie.
My biggest gripe, and I know I'm not alone on this, is the complete re-cast and re-written Rudy character, or Amber's dad. I am not opposed to actor changes, but the fact that this character is in at least half of the scenes is really disheartening as he is a goofy, stereotypical New Yorker that does not resemble in any way the loving, wisdom-filled father we were given in the first movie.
Also there is an issue with reforms. And new plans to modernize the country. And progress verses tradition. And a union strike. And not one but three fishes out of water story arc. Something something artists are all pretentious something.
Oh and I think there was something about a wedding and Christmas or other in that mix.
Personal favorite, The butler is called Zibala which in arabic literally means trash... and they keep saying it!
Too many threads attempting to fill up the run time. Muddled and board lines on unwatchable. Go back and re-watch the first one. It was charming at the very least.
'A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding' didn't work for me, as a follow up and as a film on its own, and definitely the inferior one of the two. It was not from personal opinion a terrible film with a few good points, but it was at best a mediocre one, with the worst flaws being insultingly bad, that has all the flaws of the first 'A Christmas Prince' while amplifying them and having more on the way. Actually did want to at least sort of enjoy the film, not watching it trying hard to dislike it, have never done that with any film that comes my way with the genuine intent to always be fair.
Starting with 'A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding's' good things, the picturesque scenery is lovely as is the outside and inside of the castle which makes one want to stay there. The photography is neither drab or garish, though finesse is not a strong suit. The music is a pleasant listen and is infectious.
Rose McIver gives an appealing lead performance and Alice Krige is the picture of elegance and dignity. The best acting comes from Honor Kneafsey, a bright spot in the first film too, who brings a lot of charm and heart absent elsewhere.
However, the rest of the acting ranges from bland to awful. Ben Lamb is much less comfortable or engaged here, here stiff and going-through-the-motions, while his chemistry with McIver isn't there this time round and completely fails to gel or sparkle. None of the rest of the characters are interesting here, Simon is completely pointless while the villain is both underwritten and cartoonish. Coming off worst are a re-casted Rudy, who is very irritating, and especially the insufferable and quite insulting character of the wedding designer/planner which near-single handedly ruined the film.
The script achieves the not-easy feat of having twice the amount of grating cheese and mawkish schmaltz that the first film was peppered with. The story is muddled from trying to cram in too many story elements, all completely stale and some unnecessary, very thin and padded in some stretches, is littered with predictability and contrivance and the frequent lapses in continuity and credibility-straining gets on the nerves fast.
In summary, mediocre at best but not a waste. 4/10 Bethany Cox