THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: ROYAL ENGAGEMENT
Fit for a Queen. . . and King
Release Date: August 11, 2004
Starring: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway,
Hector Elizondo, Heather
Matarazzo, Chris Pine, and
Audience: All ages
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures
Director: Garry Marshall
Executive Producer: Ellen H. Schwartz
Producer: Debra Martin Chase, Whitney
Houston and Mario Iscovich
Writer: Shonda Rhimes and Gina
Wendkos BASED ON THE NOVEL
BY: Meg Cabot
Address Comments To:Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO
Buena Vista Distribution Co.
(Walt Disney Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, and Touchstone Pictures)
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
It is the story of Mia as she returns to her kingdom of Genovia to accept the crown. She learns, however, that women must be married before they can be crowned queen. She now has one month to find a husband.
Meanwhile, Viscount Mabrey is pushing for his nephew, Lord Nicholas, another heir, to claim the crown so that Viscount Mabrey can be the real power behind the throne. The uncle wants to sabotage the coronation and so make Nicholas king.
After an exhaustive search, Mia finds the perfect suitable companion in Lord Andrew Jacoby, but, regrettably, she falls in love with Lord Nicholas. Meanwhile, her grandmother, Queen Clarisse, is in love with her head of security, Joseph. The resolution of these different plot problems is entertaining, exciting and delightful.
PRINCESS DIARIES 2 is one of the best constructed movies of the summer, with a straight-ahead plot, good sense of jeopardy, and a story that keeps the audience engrossed the whole time. Although the story involves Mia setting her own boundaries and coming into a sense of who she is, including a slightly feminist perspective, the deeper elements consist of all the moral virtues that arise from the movie’s context. Furthermore, Queen Clarisse continues to teach values like duty, honor, patriotism, compassion, and kindness, and Mia demonstrates these values in reaching out to the people of Genovia, especially the orphans.
This movie is surprisingly free of any mean-spiritedness. The villain and his cohorts are not frightening or demeaning. Overall, therefore, this is one of the morally great movies of the year. As in the first movie, the acting is very good. Julie Andrews even gets to sing a song, which is amazing in itself after her throat operation, and Anne Hathaway has matured beautifully as an actress. Some of the characters could have been developed more fully, but the plot moves too fast for that.
In the final analysis, THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2 will entertain, delight and instruct princesses and princes of all ages. PRINCESS DIARIES 2 has Heart, Soul and Fun. In fact, PRINCESS DIARIES 2 is irresistible – a royal ball!
PRINCESS DIARIES 2 is one of the best constructed movies of the summer, with a straight-ahead plot, good sense of jeopardy, and a story that keeps the audience engrossed the whole time. Mia’s grandmother, Queen Clarisse, teaches values like duty, honor, patriotism, and kindness, and Mia demonstrates them in reaching out to the people of Genovia, especially the orphans. This movie is surprisingly free of any mean-spiritedness. Overall, it is one of the morally great movies of the year. Julie Andrews even gets to sing a song, which is amazing after her famous throat operation, and Anne Hathaway has matured beautifully as an actress. THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2 will delight and inform princesses and princes of all ages. Bravo!