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December 23, 2019

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019) --- “History Isn't Made By Those Who Follow Rules.”


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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     It’s Christmas time again in Aldovia and this time Queen Amber (Rose McIver) and King Richard (Ben Lamb) are preparing for their first child. Before they can take some much needed time off from their royal duties, they must first host King Tai (Kevin Shen) and Queen Ming (Momo Yeung) of Penglia in order to renew a 600-year-old sacred truce. But when the priceless treaty goes missing, continued peace between Aldovia and Penglia is put into jeopardy and an ancient curse looms of the royal family. In order to ensure the safety of their family and kingdom, Amber and Richard must uncover the motive and the thief before the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve and the two kingdoms are thrust into an unnecessary war.
     Directed by John Schultz (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding) and written by Karen Schaler (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding) and Nathan Atkins (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding), Netflix’s A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019) is the third film in the series that started in 2017 with A Christmas Prince and this time follows the next chapter in Queen Amber and King Richard’s life: starting a family. Unlike the last film The Royal Wedding, this film is much more engaging and entertaining story-wise. There is the added element of mystery the elevates the story to a level that the last film did not achieve. The only issue that I found to be quite noticeable was the size of Amber’s belly, which is better associated with someone who is only halfway through their pregnancy rather than in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Other than that, I found this to be a quite enjoyable and entertaining film that succeeded in rectifying the disappointment associated with the last film. On a side note, I would like to encourage you to pay close attention to the dialogue between Amber and Queen Ming as well as a number of easter eggs throughout the film. Because if I am not mistaken, the dialogue and the little hints suggest that the A Christmas Prince series resides in the same universe as another Netflix film, A Princess Switch (2018). 
     Once again the cast performances were good with the same cast - Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige, Honor Kneafsey, Sarah Douglas, Theo Devaney, Tahirah Sharif, Richard Ashton, Joel McVeagh, John Guerrasio, and MJ Lee - returning to reprise their previous roles and new cast members - Crystal Yu as Penglia advisor Lynn, Kevin Shen as King Tai, Momo Yeung as Queen Ming, and Madra Ihegborow as Dr. Magoro - providing new characters to the story. One aspect of the characters that I found to be quite amusing was that the biggest scene-stealer of the film was Amber’s bump. Particularly the fact that she relied solely on bump cradling to get her through all manner of scenes, which is an obvious nod to the excessive bump cradling Meghan Markle did throughout her pregnancy with Archie.     Overall, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019) is a successful installment in the series and another notch of Netflix’s Christmas belt. The story is generic and simple but it adds an element of mystery that most films of its kind do not possess. Expect to roll your eyes at Amber’s bump, both because it fails to be the appropriate size for someone nearing the end of their pregnancy and because the excessive bump cradling pokes fun at another famous royal who did the same thing in overabundance. The cast performances were good and the new characters add to the story and even a little bit of its mystery. I highly recommend that you check out this film and make sure that you keep an eye out for some easter eggs that hint of a Netflix-Christmas-movie-universe.

Final Vote --- 6.8 of 10 stars

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