Alice Oscura, Featured Writer
Plot: Set two years after the first film, Stacy (Vanessa Hudgens) is busy with her role as Princess of Belgravia while Margaret (also Vanessa Hudgens) has now become the heir apparent to the throne of Montenaro. Margaret was never comfortable with being in the spotlight and she is nervous about her upcoming responsibilities as queen. Her relationship with Kevin (Nick Sagar) ended six months ago but their love is still true. So Stacy comes up with a plan to get them back together. However, complications arise when Margaret’s cousin Fiona (Vanessa Hudgens again) decides to secretly make a play for the throne.
It is not really that far fetched of an idea that two relatives of the same bloodline can almost look identical to each other. King George V of the United Kingdom was said to have resembled his cousin Tsar Nicholas II of Russia so closely that you couldn’t tell them apart, especially when they were dressed up in their uniforms. And the resemblance is quite uncanny! However, it’s more than stretching when you add a third relative to the mix that just so happens to look identical. I mean come on now.
The first Princess Switch was entertaining and fun-filled with lovable quirky characters. While we have the main cast reprising their roles with the added complication of the broken relationship between Margaret and Kevin it just felt a lot like wash, rinse and repeat in my opinion. The aesthetics with the decorations of the castle in Montenaro were beautiful enough to give us the Christmas theme and I liked Margaret’s beautiful dresses. I didn’t really feel the strong chemistry in the cast as I did in the first movie and I got the feeling that they were just going through the motions.
It was a bit of a bore for me with this one because it just felt like they were grasping at straws. There is a particular recipe needed in order to qualify as a good Christmas/holiday-themed movie and this one really missed the boat on that. FYI for those of you who are fans of Netflix’s A Christmas Prince movies there’s a cute cameo for you.
But sadly, guys I cannot really tell you to commit to this one. There are way better romantic Christmas-themed movies out there for your viewing enjoyment that will really get you in the feel good holiday spirit.
Alice’s Score: 5 out of 10
For my Hallmark Christmas Presents Part 2: Four More Movies, Four Mini Reviews you can click here.
Dark Alice has an old soul and a curious mind. I believe that anyone can be a hero and that the good guys should always win! I dislike cruelty to animals and think that they have far superior qualities to humans. My motto is there is no future without the past. I also have a weird penchant for Paranormal TV shows even though the slightest sound makes me jump.
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