"A Hit and a Miss"
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SECRET SOCIETY OF SECOND BORN ROYALS is well-made and entertaining, with some good acting. However, the script needs better development between the characters. The movie has a strong moral worldview where the superhero teenagers learn to use their powers to defend other people and not to rule them. They also learn all their actions have consequences. However, there’s some action violence and a reference to a man’s homosexual boyfriend. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for SECRET SOCIETY OF SECOND BORN ROYALS.
SECRET SOCIETY OF SECOND BORN ROYALS is a science fiction adventure on Disney+ about five second born royals who they learn how to use unique superpowers to protect other people, then run into an escaped criminal trying to take down all the world’s royal families. SECRET SOCIETY OF SECOND BORN ROYALS is well-made and entertaining, with good acting and a moral worldview, but the script needs better development between the characters and warrants caution for children because of some violence and a comment about a man’s homosexual boyfriend.
The movie opens on Sam, the second born daughter of the royal family of Illyria, the smallest European country. Sam’s father and uncle both died in a plane crash when she was younger, so her mother is the queen until her older sister, Princess Eleanor, turns 18 in a few weeks and assumes her place on the throne.
Sam is the rebellious daughter who wants to tear down the monarchy and let the people rule. She wants more out of her life then just going to events and cutting ribbons. Sam and her best friend, Mike, the son of the royal groundskeeper, do everything together. After Sam’s last day at her high school for royal kids, she meets with Mike to practice their music so they can play gigs during the summer.
As Princess Eleanor’s coronation inches closer, Sam is required to attend events for appearances. However, Mike scores tickets for them to see their favorite band/ So, Sam ends up lying to her mother, Catherine, to ditch out early and meet Mike. They don’t know that the venue cards underage teenagers, so they aren’t able to get into the concert. However, as they walk toward the side entrance, Sam is able to see the code to the door from far away and get them inside.
Mike’s confused as to how Sam does this it, but they still go inside. When the music starts playing, Sam has a sensory overload attack and ends up pulling the fire alarm to make it all stop. Mike and Sam spend the night in jail because of what she did and are bailed out by Mike’s dad in the morning. However, Sam’s mother is also there.
Because of this mishap, Catherine tells Sam she’s going to summer school and living on campus. Sam does as she’s told and goes to school. When she gets there, four other royal children join her, along with their teacher, James. James informs them that they’re all there because they have secret superpowers that second born royals get. If they’re able to learn to use them, they get to join the society, run by none other than Sam’s mother, Catherine. If they fail, they will be sent home with their minds wiped.
These second born royals are excited to learn what their unique superpowers are and how to use them. However, they don’t know how important perfecting their powers is until they run into an escaped prisoner trying to take down Sam and all the royal families around the world.
SECRET SOCIETY OF SECOND BORN ROYALS is filled with action and good life lessons. The movie does a great job developing each character’s power. However, it could’ve been better if all the relationships between the young royals didn’t feel so rushed. Also, the main character’s connection to the villain needs more detail and emotional development.
SECRET SOCIETY OF SECOND BORN ROYALS has a strong moral worldview where the teenagers with superpowers learn to use their powers to defend other people, and not to rule them. They also learn that all their actions have consequences. However, there’s some action violence, a homosexual reference to a man having a boyfriend and some other minor issues. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution.