21 June 2014

The Princess Diaries - Film Mini Review

Mini Review

Mia is a nerd and an outcast, trying to get through high school. She feels invisible, that is, until she receives a visit from her grandmother and she discovers that she is the heir to the Genovian throne. A cute comedy with some tough lessons.

The Good:

  • Lessons learnt: don't try to be someone you're not, don't ditch your friends for new-found popularity. You have the ability to change the world, but change the world for others, not just for yourself.
  • Julie Andrews as Queen Clarisse was a great casting choice
  • The Princess lessons are pricelessly funny
  • A perfect teen story, involving something every little girl dreams about; being a princess
  • Also perfect for teens due to themes of love, bullies and parent/family issues
  • Anne Hathaway's teen attitude is absolutely spot on

The Bad:

  • Extremely contemporary to that time period, so everything looks dated, especially the scooters that the girls ride to school.
  • Mia's best friend, Lilly, is really annoying.
  • This is one of the times I'd rather not see Mandy Moore acting.. also, she was definitely used for her voice in this to appeal to teens.
  • Riddled with teen angst, melodrama and buzz words.
Overall impression: Watch when you want something cutesy and teen-like.