The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) –

Disney has produced a lot of sequels that either played in theaters or went straight to DVD. Examples include The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000) and 102 Dalmatians (2000). Like many films, sequels are very risky because of the basic fact that original films are oftentimes better. The Princess Diaries (2001) was so successful that fans basically rejoiced when the sequel was released in 2004. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement might not be the greatest sequel of all time, but it still captures the Disney magic that made Anne Hathaway a star.

A Toast

This film is actually pretty funny! The film features a lot of the lighthearted humor that made the first film enchanting. Julie Andrews also miraculously sang in this film in spite of the throat surgery that almost made her lose her signature singing voice. The film is also the feature film debut of Chris Pine as Prince Nicholas long before he played Cinderella’s prince a decade later in Into the Woods (2014). This sequel even features the splendor of Genovia even though that country does not even exist in the real world. Nevertheless, this film still presents the magical qualities oftentimes associated with Disney princess film.

Beer Two

In spite of the Disney magic within this film, there is a very awkward moment that could possibly serve as a reminder about the bleakness of reality. A very young princess (who is a toddler in this film) tells one of the guards that she “has to go potty.” That moment might have been intended to be humorous, but comes off a bit crude at the same time. Even with that unusual occurrence, the film still continues the inspirational aspects that the first film contains with the belief that any girl really can be a princess.

Verdict

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement might not be the greatest Disney film of all time, but it still features a Cinderella story for the modern age. This film helped Anne Hathaway establish herself as a cinematic princess, especially since Ella Enchanted was released that same year. As of 2018, Anne Hathaway has an Oscar, a son named Jonathan, and her husband Adam Shulman, which means that Anne Hathaway is much like the princess roles that made her a star.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: for every fancy object in the Genovian palace

Take a Drink: for every mattress during the mattress surfing scene

And Cheers: as Julie Andrews showcases her signature voice that brought the production team to tears during the filming of this modern fairy tale

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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