A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding is a Netflix Original film that is a sequel, following the now King and Queen to be as they prepare to get married. This includes a now blogger, Amber (Rose McIver) and the title character Prince Richard (Ben Lamb). The two are having issues with their wedding, and events surrounding it. This is another Christmas focused experience, so expect that to always be a highlight in this series hence the title.
Amber is largely dealing with issues in regards to the older expectations of the crown. Richard is attempting to handle certain issues with the country losing large sums of money due to his fancy new economic policies. This leads into a mystery sort of situation, with some almost Scooby-Doo-esque situations going down. It’s a lot about the jitters, finding out the truth and attempting to save this country from ruin.
To do this amidst their wedding, and right during Christmas. It’s quite a situation, and another one that was a bit too predictable quite honestly. I figured out what was going to happen right off the bat in this, a bit disappointing though I still had a fine watch of this movie. There are some laughs to be had, and awe moments as well. I did find the extra focus on Amber’s father to be slightly annoying and ultimately just left open which was odd.
This is actually an improvement over the initial film, it leaves room for the characters to breath a bit more and deal with their problems now that they’re established. I also didn’t mind the incredibly over the top stylist, or the change of pace in regards to how a previous villain was handled conversion wise here. Princess Emily (Honor Kneafsey) had a slightly sillier part this time around, but she worked out well here.
It seemed like it was a bit better shot, the castle still isn’t anything too magnificent to be honest. The acting was perhaps slightly improved here, or it might just have been easier to embrace in general. It’s definitely something that’s corny, so best to just go with it. It also might be better to try and not predict what is going to happen. Just engage in the flow of this queen to be as she deals with so many issues, while trying not to forget her past along the way.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding is still just as corny as the original, while improving on some elements as many factors play into what’s supposed to be a special time in their lives. It’s all about keeping their wedding going, handling the crippling economic crisis in their city and this will of course be the only way to save their Christmas. It leans into the more casual aspects of this series more as it continues to build and develop.
It was an improvement over the last one for sure, at the same time it’s nothing too wildly spectacular. Come in with low expectations, and you might just have a fairly good time. It’s for a particular niche audience and I think it hits the mark. I find these easy going, and this was honestly a nice addition to the first feeling like a rushed step in their lives but the right direction to progress with.
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