A Christmas Prince

Christmas Movies I’ve Watched This Week – 11/29/2020

I’ve been avoiding posting movie reviews because it’s just too much on top of my book reviews. But as soon as Thanksgiving was over, I started gorging on Christmas movies, and I wanted to post a little something about them.

I love Christmas movies, books, and TV episodes. They’re generally of lesser quality than their non-holiday counterparts, but I still can’t get enough. This year especially. So I figured I’d post weekly updates on what I’ve watched and short little snippets of my thoughts. Maybe I’ll even write a 2020 Best Christmas Movies list. Though, that might not be fair, considering it would end up just being older movies.

Home Alone (1990) – This is a yearly re-watch. When I was a child I enjoyed seeing Kevin handle business. Now that I’m an adult I go between horror that he was forgotten at home to completely understanding how it could happen.

The Grinch (2018) – I’ve never watched this version of the movie and frankly had no desire too. It was about what I expected and I’ll probably only watch this again if my kids want too.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – This version came out at the perfect time for me to attach nostalgia to it. I remember watching Regis and Kelly (yes I’m that old) when Jim Carey and the little girl were interviewing. I love the music, so this is a yearly re-watch for me.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) – Another re-watch that I got to enjoy with me kids for the first time.

A Christmas Prince (2017) – If I had cable my DVR would be full of these types of Christmas movies. I am so glad that Netflix has started making them. The movie isn’t perfect, but it’s fun to just have in the background watching.

A Christmas Prince Royal Wedding (2018) – I love the fact that a universe was born from the first movie. This one continues on with the feel of the first, though, it is a bit saccharine.

A Christmas Prince Royal Baby (2019) – Easily the worst movie in the Christmas Prince franchise. They pushed Amber past naïve and into stupid territory. Also, they did a freaking horrible job with her makeup. At 31 her crow’s feet should not look like that, I felt horrible for her.

The Princess Switch (2018) – My feelings for this movie remain the same as the first time I watched it. It’s not as good as The Christmas Prince. It’s a fine movie, but the prince is unimpressionable and boring. The man playing him is attractive, but he’s basically an accessory. There isn’t enough romance here. It’s hard enough to build a believable enough romance during these short movies for one couple, it’s pretty impossible to do it with two.

The Princess Switch 2: Switch Harder (2020) – Not the real title, but it should be. Romance wise this one is better than the first, but it really doubles down on my feelings for the prince. He comes off as pathetic and stupid and I can’t help but feel sorry for him.

Happiest Season (2020) – My favorite new movie of the year. Omg I nearly ugly sobed with this one, but in a good way. I could soooo relate to Harper in this movie and I felt such sympathy for Abby. Ughhhh I loved this movie. I’m going to re-watch it, not sure if I’ll do it this year, or every year from now. We’ll see.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018)

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A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018)

NETFLIX

Director:

John Schultz

Starring:

Rose McIver

Ben Lamb

Alice Krige

Plot:

A year after helping Richard get to the throne, Amber is about to become his wife. But is she really made to be queen?

Review:

Holy shit I was excited to see this was coming out. I love when they take Christmas movies and continue on with the story after the normal happily ever after.

Amber, Rose McIver, is still blogging away while her prince, now king, Richard, Ben Lamb, rules his country. Young and ambitious nothing seems to be going as planned for the couple. This is the first test of their relationship and things don’t go as planned, both have their failings, but hopefully they’ve learned some lessons for the future.

Lots of returning characters, tons of pairings off, and a dorky Christmas tree. The romance was a little bit lacking this time around, but it was understandable considering the story that did play out. Still, it was missed and I hope any future movies play more into the romance of the couple and less into the supporting characters. Give them their own movies!

The Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding was a faithful sequel. It hit all the expected notes and was full of holiday cheer.

My Christmas wish is that this because a yearly series. Next year can be Royal Honeymoon, then Royal Heir, Royal Spare, etc.… If everyone was willing to do it I see no downside!

5/5

 

A Christmas Prince (2017)

A Christmas Prince (2017)

Director:

Alex Zamm

Starring:

Rose McIver

Ben Lamb

Alice Krige

Plot:

When a reporter goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince, she gets tangled in some royal intrigue and ends up finding love – but will she be able to keep up her lie?

Review:

I was not expecting to see a Netflix Original Movie like this one, though, I should have been. Cheap Christmas movies are perfect for Netflix, they should make more because this one seemed like it had a slightly larger budget than a Hallmark movie and Rose McIver was a much better actress than we normally get. However, it still had all the things I love about cheesy Christmas movies.

Sweet romance, check.

Snow and Christmas decorations, check.

Misunderstandings that lead to an almost horrible ending, check.

A sweet child and an American woman that saves Christmas and an entire countries political future, um, check.

Really enjoyed this movie, though, I don’t think it’s going to become a yearly tradition. I might end up watching it again though. If you’re a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies then you’ll love this one.

3.5/5