Friday, 7 December 2012

Film Friday #2 Princess: A Modern Fairytale (Children's, PG, 10/10)

2008, I think it would be a PG as some of the monsters are a little scary and occasional adult references are used (although most went over my head - I only saw this in other reviews)

Summary from IMDb

A few years after their graduation from Princeton, Louis Baxter, who retired having sold his business, takes in college-buddy William, who desperately nears the end of his trust fund after several fully failed career-attempts. Louis takes William along to L.A.'s weirdest society event, the annual endangered animals benefit. This year, to raise more money she auctions a single dinner, which William bids his last capital on. He wins, according to Louis a shrewd business networking opportunity. But he's love-spelled by Ithaca, while she believes him to be the seeker, a long-awaited savior for the castle's most secret reality.

Nayuleska's thoughts

This was the last princess theme film on a film streaming website I'm a member of had. For some reason I avoided it for a long time - I don't know why! It's wonderful! I adore all the different dresses Ithaca has - they have full skirts, are dainty and exactly how I imagine a fairytale princess to dress. At first Ithaca is very mysterious about herself. William manages to say something that makes Ithaca believe he knows all about her life. I kept waiting for the moment to fall when he told her the truth - when it happened it wasn't a happy moment. However, Ithaca had so few options that predictably she eventually let William help her. 

I was blown over by the major plot twists of who Ithaca is and what she does. All the fairytale creatures blended into the film without looking fake. Ithaca's successor hasn't a clue what's going on but she's extremely brave and helps save the day. I really wish there was another film which delved more into the daily life of Ithaca and her successor (& William, I guess!) as I felt there were many stories to be explored for each fairytale creature. 

I've seen a lot of negative reviews online regarding some of the occasional adult content. I think I vaguely remember them, but to be honest a lot went over my head and I was more focused on Ithaca's dresses than paying attention to the dialogue between  William and his friend. What Ithaca does promotes conservation and caring for all creatures. She has a enviable wardrobe, and is intelligent and brave. It's an exciting film worthy of a 10/10 rating.

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