Old School Movie Review: The Princess Diaries


I’ve never seen Disney’s “The Princess Diaries” mainly because I was never really a big Anne Hathaway fan. She’s very talented, don’t get me wrong. But when this movie was released, she was starting the era was she was literally in everything. It was probably because of this movie. So, I decided to watch the movie in my mid-20s and review for people who were like me and haven’t seen it. Let’s relive it this #MemoriesCureMondays.

“The Princess Diaries” follows as Mia, played by Anne Hathaway, learns that she is the princess of a small, yet fruitful country in Genovia. Genovia is the land of many accents, but you won’t learn that until the second movie. Mia is pretty much the socially awkward clumsy wallflower that her Queen of a grandmother, played by Dame Julie Andrews, transform into a slightly more eloquent girl next door that is trying to be a princess. Her two world of being a princess and normalcy collide when it becomes public. Mia must try to decide if she’s ready for the crown, who are real friends are, and her new-found fame.

The movie itself isn’t anything too great. It’s a then-modern twist on a classic plot. At times, it’s a little too much. Like you want to punch Mia’s best friend because she’s a little bit way over the top at the certain time and you wonder why she’s friends with her. The same thing goes Mia. Mia is probably one of worse characters in the movie. It’s mainly because of the transformation. It just happens way too fast and makes it unrealistic. If she was really unlike a princess like as she was in the beginning, there’s no way that she would become one in like a month. I know it’s a Disney movie but still. The movie is though a charming movie once you get past the rough edges. It’s not a horrible time watching it.

The acting is okay in it. It’s a Disney movie so you can expect cheesy and not very good acting. Julie Andrews is amazing at this but that is to be expected when you look at her resume. Sandra Oh, Cristina Yang from “Grey’s Anatomy,” is also in the film and pretty much steals every scene she is in. She’s a minor character but you want to see more of her because that’s how well she does her character. Like I said before, Mia’s best friend starts out as the least likable character but does eventually win you over. Mandy Moore is also in the movie and she plays a bitch. She’s really good at it. It makes you wonder if she learned from past experiences. And you can’t have an early 2000s Disney movie without Erik Von Detten. For those who don’t know about him, he was one of the top male actors in the Disney folds next to┬áRyan Merriman, he was in “Smart House.” Erik played a villain for one of the few times and he actually did rather good at it. It didn’t come across until mid-movie that he was a dick but he did pretty well when it was time to shine.

Now let’s discuss the message of the movie because it’s one that is very much messed up. The movie main message is about being yourself but it’s covered up by the changing yourself in order to fit in and impress. Mia changes herself in order to fit in to become a Princess. That’s just a great message to send out to the millions of people watching this movie. I mean, I expected this with a Disney movie. There moral of the stories don’t have a good track record, but I mean this is two totally conflicting messages. At least, not have conflicting messages.

Overall, it’s not a bad movie. It’s just one that you can live without seeing. It’s the better out of the two movies. The acting isn’t great, the plot is one that’s overdone, but it does have redeeming qualities. It’s a quality movie with a positive message of being yourself that is hidden behind a bad message of changing yourself to impress others. If you have nothing else to watch, then I recommend it but it’s not a Disney classic like people say it is. It’s just an average 2000s Disney movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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