Title: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Director: Garry Marshall Year: 2004 Run time: 1hr 53m
“In ‘The Princess Diaries 2’, Mia Thermopolis is now a high school graduate and on her way to Genovia to take up her duties as princess (contrary to what was presented at the end of the first film, Mia does not leave her home for a few more years). Her best friend Lilly also joins her for the summer. Mia continues her ‘princess lessons’ - riding horses side-saddle, archery, and other royal duties. But her complicated life is turned upside down once again when she not only learns that she is to take the crown as queen earlier than expected, but that she is also to be married before this event.”
2:33 – Woah, that’s some of the dodgiest CG I’ve ever seen. 4:24 – Ah gorgeous Julie and lovely Hector! Cute couple. 5:26 – I like the purple that this country seems to favour. 10:39 – “How do you turn off the curtsies?” 17:16 – Definitely a dangerous game standing dead centre in front of a dartboard. 21:28 – Wow, that’s a heck of a stomp on the foot. 23:24 – Even the cat has a castle. 25:54 – This is like Tinder but for royalty. 28:29 – Smitten doesn’t rhyme with badminton. 39:28 – “We have a chicken situation in the throne room.” 44:49 – I wish I had a head of security like that. 51:07 – Love it when people are described as a “handful.” 1:03:42 – “Queens rarely do karaoke.” 1:22:25 – There really isn’t any privacy, oof, I’d hate that. 1:27:26 – Wow, penny farthings look so uncomfortable. 1:29:59 – How to really upset a security guy? Fiddle with his sunglasses! 1:38:28 – “I like change. I might grow a moustache.” 1:40:54 – Housekeeper gone so rogue!
The only word that can be used to describe this film is “random”. Whitney Houston produced it! Why? Stan Lee made a cameo appearance? How odd! The basic premise of having to get married in 30 days? Weird. Proper baby Abigail Breslin as one of the kids? Ace! Julie Andrews mattress surfing down the stairs? Things I never thought I’d see.
This film is good if you liked the first one and have a fondness for the characters, and like a bit of a rubbish love story. It’s not really a good movie in its own right, and wouldn’t stand up to a cynical viewing, but if you’re just after some entertainment, and some time spent with the fabulous Hector Elizondo, then it’s worth a watch.