Tag: Christmas Movies

Netflix Criticized For Appropriating Hallmark Christmas Movie Culture

It’s true!  I was cheesed into The Knight Before Christmas!

U.S.—Netflix has taken heavy criticism for committing the sin of cultural appropriation of cheesy Hallmark Channel Christmas movies.The accusations of cultural appropriation came as Netflix users noticed an increase in the number of corny, formulaic holiday films on the service. It was obvious, some say, that Netflix had appropriated the idea for the che …

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A Christmas Prince (Netflix 2017)

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The newest in Christmas season movies – A Christmas Prince – not to be confused with A Prince for Christmas, or A Crown for Christmas, or A Princess for Christmas.

The writers have officially run out of unique stories, and they are definitely doing the recycle gig. It reminds me of wrapping a used Christmas present and giving it to someone else.

A Christmas Prince isn’t that bad, but certainly is a rehash of the same old storyline. First, it’s the non-royal who ends up at the palace one way or the other. In this case, it’s the prince about to become king, and the journalist who takes on the guise of being his sister’s tutor to get a good story. It appears the prince isn’t too sure if he wants the crown after the death of his father since he’s next in line to the throne.

Once again, there are the stinky aristocrats who attempt to reveal the worthless nobody in order to either win the prince’s heart or the throne. Of course, we always have to have the scene where the heroine of the story arrives at the Christmas ball, dressed to impress, and gains the loving approval of the prince who has fallen head over heels in love with a commoner.

peles-castle-close-upThe story was filmed in the exact same location as A Princess for Christmas with the young Sam Heughan at Peleş Castle in Romania. There is even a similar scene of archery being shot on the very same terrace. In addition, the town scene is identical as well, which frankly surprises me that they would do a repeat location for the same type of movie. It indicates the continued lack of originality in these Christmas prince and princess films.

It is worth the watch? Sure, if you like male eye candy in the form of Ben Lam who plays the prince about to become king.  (Having noticed on Twitter that he owns a cat, he’s a man after my own heart.)  Other than that, I must admit that I hit the fast-forward button a few times to get through to the end. Why? The Same rehashed storyline, including the king returning to find the love of his life in the states. It’s a Christmas proposal of epic kissing in the snow where the commoner is captured by the handsome king and taken to his make-believe kingdom of Andovia to become his queen.

Okay, ’tis the season for Christmas movies. Next, please.

Crown for Christmas (Hallmark Movie 2015)

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Stars: Danica McKellar, Rupert Penry-Jones, Ellie Botterill

Yes, I know, Christmas is over, and my review is a month late.  Frankly, I don’t have the Hallmark Channel, but I discovered a link to the movie on the Facebook fan page for Rupert Penry-Jones.  I thought I would check it out.

Sigh. It’s okay, but I felt like it was a rehashed plot from a few movies, and very much like A Princess for Christmas from 2011.  Not much originality, frankly, which I found disappointing, even though this is supposed to be, “A Hallmark Channel Original Movie.”

Here are the similarities:
  • Meet desperate, poor young woman who cannot pay her bills.  Instead of being an aunt of two that she supports, she’s the sister of two living together with money problems.
  • Opportunity arrives to work as a governess for a King of some fictional kingdom.  He’s a widower with an unruly daughter.  She takes the job because she’s been fired and needs the money.
  • Gets spirited off to kingdom and castle, finding herself out of her element.  Girl from Brooklyn attempts to acclimate to the King’s household.  The same friendly butler, the same grumpy housekeeper.
  • King is already promised to some snooty aristocratic woman that he’s really not that into but is supposed to marry.
  • Heroine brings a freshness to the stuffy realm, winning over the staff, the daughter, and eventually the King.
  • Snooty aristocratic girlfriend attempts to discredit her competition.
  • Heroine invited to attend the Christmas ball, has no dress, and is given one by a cook on the staff.
  • Has romantic dance with the King.
  • After she leaves to return home, the King runs after her pledging his love after one week and they live happily ever after.

Somebody give me originality!  I gave it three just because of the joy of watching Rupert Penry-Jones on screen.  He was a doll in a dull remake of a conglomeration of other stories rolled into a new one.

Oh, and belated Merry Christmas to you all!

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