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December 20, 2019

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) --- “A King’s Duties Never Cease.”


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     Nearly a year after Amber (Rose McIver) helped Richard (Ben Lamb) secure the crown, the two are now set to tie the knot in a royal Christmas wedding with all the pomp and circumstance befitting a king and queen. However, Amber doesn’t want any of that and as the wedding date gets closer she starts to feel the strain of being under the spotlight, while Richard is struggling with facing problems of his own due to the failing policies he put into place. Can the two survive long enough to tie the knot? Is Amber ready to give up her normal life for a royal one? Can love really solve everything?
     Directed by John Schultz (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby) and written by Karen Schaler (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby) and Nathan Atkins (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby), Netflix’s A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) is the sequel to Netflix’s 2017 holiday film A Christmas Prince where a New York journalist looking for the latest scoop on Aldovia’s new king, finds love after getting mistaken as the new tutor for the young Princess Emily. Although this film tries it's hardest to expand on what was established in the last film, there was a surprising lack of romance throughout the entire film. Much like Amber’s wedding plans, the story was overrun by royal duties and politics meaning that the story ends up sacrifice one thing for another. Of course, there were some funny moments that made things more enjoyable but the plot was way more predictable than last time and this time it was in a way that turns it into a drag.
     The cast performances were good. The same cast - Alice Krige, Honor Kneafsey, Sarah Douglas, Raj Bajaj, Theo Devaney, Andy Lucas, and Simon Dutton - return to their respective characters with the exception of John Guerrasio (Florence Foster Jenkins) who takes on the role as Amber’s father Rudy from Daniel Fathers (Dark Matter, Snatch) Rose McIver (iZombie) and Ben Lamb (The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, Knightfall) still have good chemistry and the story does try to build on what was established in the last film but again it falls rather flat.

     Overall, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) is a good film but it falls flat in comparison to the first film. The story is fast pace and lacks romance but there are some redeeming qualities thanks to some humorous moments. The cast performances were good and it was funny to see how they changed actors for Rudy’s character. In short, this is a decent follow-up film but it is nowhere near the level of the first film.

Final Vote --- 6 of 10 stars

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