The Princess fails to find a plot, but Joey King successfully presents a powerful monarch. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Hulu’s The Princess drops on the streaming service today, Friday, July 1st. The film stars Joey King (The Kissing Booth), who also produces the film, where she plays a princess who pulls no punches. She is no Rapunzel, waiting patiently in her tower for Prince Charming to save her. In fact, she is one badass, sword-wielding princess, but is this fairytale appropriate for all audiences? Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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The Princess Parents Guide
In The Princess: when a strong-willed princess refuses to wed a cruel sociopath, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower. With her scorned, vindictive suitor intent on taking her father’s throne, the princess must protect her family and save the kingdom.
The Princess Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch The Princess.
Language: The Princess contains some strong language, with some profanity used. Lookout words include: b*tch, d*mn, and a possible f*ck, but it was mumbled.
Mature Content: The biggest warning for parents in the film is the violent content shown. Characters are shown in hand-to-hand combat; sword battles; stabbings; murder; kidnapping and chained in a tower; whips; strangling a neck; and beheading. There is also a scene where a guy is pushed out of the window, which may be triggering for some viewers.
Let’s first begin discussing what is good about Hulu’s new film, The Princess. There is just something powerful about watching a strong female, whose title of princess would stereotypically have her in the damsel in distress role, but instead she pulls up her boots by the straps and stands up for herself, kicking butt onscreen. This period piece goes against the norms of the time it represents and instead delivers a strong-willed princess who refuses to conform to the standards and refuses to marry the man she was betrothed to. This lends the princess to being kidnapped and locked in a tower, but this heroine isn’t waiting to be rescued by Prince Charming. Instead, this is where the action really picks up.
Hulu’s The Princess stars Joey King, best known for her role in the teen flick The Kissing Booth. King is such a versatile actress, first noted by this author in her amazing performance in The Act, and now she shows off her physical skills on screen, kicking butt, and then kicking some more butt. Viewers get a bit of dialogue from her that will have them cheering at her defiance, “But you will sell me to the bedroom of a man I hardly know.” But these moments quickly turn into more fighting. In fact, the fighting and action scenes seem to be the entire plot of the film, as the audience does not get much of a backstory either, heavily relying on the continuous combat sequences.
The biggest problem with Hulu’s The Princess, other than the film’s thin plot, is who the movie is actually made for. It has a fun premise and enjoyable CGI visuals that make the movie very relatable to a younger audience. However, if viewers overlook some of the language in the film, the violence it contains is just not suitable for kids. There are stabbings, slashings, sword fighting, and even a beheading that is far too brutal for some adolescents to watch. Presumably, it is geared towards the 15–25-year-old demographic, though some of the older crowd might find it a bit too childish. Whatever the case, the message is clear: women will not be controlled and will choose their own destiny, whether you like it or not. This has become more and more commonplace in movies and series, and it is not likely to go away anytime soon, especially since there is still a dire need to shout for women’s independence from the rooftops.