There’s a scene in there shrek where Princess Fiona, after waking from her peaceful slumber, fights an army of armed woodsmen trying to steal her. This wasn’t the princess archetype we expected in the early 2000s. Here was a beautiful woman who, despite being rescued by an ogre, could ward off injustice with her own two fists. The scene was fun, Fiona continued to surprise audiences with new depth of character and shrek convinced us all.
Now imagine that a fight scene lasted an hour and a half. Lose all the donkey humor shrek, drop the onions, the foes-to-lovers romance, and all the gingie goodness. If you wanted a movie where just Princess Fiona fights enemies for her own freedom, although I don’t know why anyone would, look no further than The princess.
A princess fighting for her independence, laced with kickass fight scenes and brutal weaponry is a good place to start. The princess just can’t make it further than the baseline and morph into a video game version of what could have been a compelling story.
Joey King is our unnamed princess – simply “the princess” – whom we meet in medias res as she fights a whole band of troops who want to force her into marrying an evil man, Julius (Dominic Cooper), their leader . Why does it start in the middle of the action? Not a scene later we already flash back to the beginning of the story. From start to finish The princess is fight scene after fight scene that doesn’t gasp with jokes, performances or literally anything else.
Even if The princess Looking back into the early life of young Royal, the film focuses on her quest to become a powerful fighter. We don’t learn why she resists marriage, nor do we get any further character development other than: She is a master of the sword. The princess cannot claim to be a “feminist” film if it reduces its heroine to a torn dress with battle wounds.
I can’t stress the “video game” aspect enough. Watch after The princess feels like plunging into a violent, ruthless quest to kill as many people as possible, with the somber color palette of a bottle of decaffeinated Diet Coke. The princess doesn’t compare to Tom Cruise’s uselessly funny action movies, nor is it heartwarming mulan, nor can it present Joey King as the next factual Disney princess. If the film isn’t one of those, then what is is its worth?
The leading actress, The kissing booth Queen herself, almost manages to salvage the wreck. Joey King is as watchable as ever The princess. She’s got some pretty cute high kicks, and there’s something to be said for watching Ramona from here Ramona and Beezus stab a man through the eye socket. King always manages to have fun with her projects, no matter how absurd they may be. I just wish she could have become a Disney princess in a grander way. I’m talking to Amy Adams Enchanted big.
The best part is when King mocks Dominic Cooper, her husband-to-be. The pair go at each other’s throats in a scene where the princess says she “can’t wait” to marry him – so she can make every day of his life a living hell. Queue a rasping Joey King angrily snarling at a grinning insane Dominic Cooper. Stupid, funny, but gone in two minutes. Back to throat slitting.
Cooper happens to be another failed casting choice. Dressed in pitch black, almost bondage-like attire, he looks like a member of Spinal Tap or the web version of Patrick Star The Spongebob Movie. As a character from Harry Potter, I can only imagine Cooper in one role: his goofy Mamma Mia Husband, aloof and shirtless. Swapping out a flashy jumpsuit for dark clothes doesn’t make him look mean; Instead, he looks like one of the young goth dads from the start Mamma Mia.
Just before the end The princess, Miss Girl reveals that she doesn’t want to get married because she actually wants to join the military. This mulan-like bow is all well and good, but our princess never really seems to enjoy fighting. She’s good at swinging a sword, has a killer punch and a penchant for spin kicks, but she never has a smile on her face. Maybe it’s because she’s fighting for her life. But maybe The princess would be a bit more exciting if King breathed some of that youthful energy into the film.
This is the Disney princess we got to know her as: funny, headstrong, with killer instincts. Why did we drop the joke The princess? Watching the fighter go toe-to-toe with enemies held me for a few minutes, and a full hour and a half of bloody stabs quickly grew old.
Gimme more joey king vs dominic cooper arguments. Let’s see more of her personality. The princess tries to pack a feminist punch but without saying anything, Joey King just keeps breaking his ankles.
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