THE PRINCESS review

(L-R): Joey King and Veronica Ngo in 20th Century Studios' THE PRINCESS, exclusively on Hulu. Photo by Simon Varsano. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The Princess Takes No Prisoners in This Girl Power Action Movie

If you’re a fan of princess movies, take a small warning before you hit play on The Princess coming to Hulu and Disney+ this weekend – it’s not for kids. Yes, the R rating should be an indication of this, but you may think it’s just another Disney Princess movie. It is anything and everything but that – in the best way.

Joey King in 20th Century Studios’ THE PRINCESS, exclusively on Disney+/Hulu. Photo by Simon Varsano. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The Princess follows a headstrong princess who doesn’t want to marry the man her father chose for her. It’s not just cold feet, although it seems that way, but she sees his cruel nature and refuses to go through the wedding at the altar. And like many jilted lovers, acts out, but since there is a kingdom at stake tries to overthrow the whole kingdom and still get the crown.

This isn’t an original premise, it’s one we’ve seen before. It almost harkens back to evil King John in Robin Hood – a man set on taking over a kingdom at any cost. But The Princess tosses in a princess who isn’t a damsel in distress, the new Princess model that we’ve seen slowly emerging in these movies. Much like in Ever After, this heroine doesn’t need a man to save her – and does what she has to try to save her family and kingdom.

Dominic Cooper in 20th Century Studios’ THE PRINCESS, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

It isn’t just the cunning and smart girl power that makes this movie something that viewers will enjoy, but a girl secretly trained in combat despite her position and the time period. The fighting skills seem to be a mix of martial arts, sword, and even bow and arrow and the princess has the skills from years of training without her father’s knowledge. She takes hits, gets covered in blood and bruises, and gets back up for more.

Joey King in 20th Century Studios’ THE PRINCESS, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The Princess may not be for younger girls, especially since the princess herself actually has her first kill within the first few minutes of the movie. It’s a bloody, messy film that doesn’t require a lot of thinking. But it is a chaotic, bloody, battle that is fun to watch unfold. This isn’t your traditional princess movie but is one that is a lot of fun to watch. It let’s out all of those years of the tightly bound corsetted princesses’ rage in a movie that women will enjoy watching.

Overall Rating:

Four Star Review

About The Princess:

A Hulu Original, “The Princess” is an action-packed fight to the death set in a fairy tale world directed by Le-Van Kiet (“Furie”) and starring Emmy Award® nominee Joey King (“The Act,” “The Kissing Booth”) as a skilled and formidable young royal. When a beautiful, strong-willed princess refuses to wed the cruel sociopath to whom she is betrothed, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle. With her scorned, vindictive suitor intent on taking her father’s throne, the princess must protect her family and save the kingdom. The film also stars Dominic Cooper (“Preacher”), Olga Kurylenko (“Black Widow”) and Veronica Ngo (“The Old Guard”). Directed by Le-Van Kiet (“Furie”) and written by Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton (“Winter’s Knight,” “Final Fantasy”), “The Princess” is produced by Neal H. Moritz (the “Fast and Furious” franchise), Toby Jaffe (“Total Recall”) and Derek Kolstad (“John Wick”), with Joey King and Guy Riedel serving as executive producers.

“The Princess” will stream July 1, 2022, as a Hulu Original in the U.S., and as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.

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