The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

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Now settled in Genovia, Princess Mia faces a new revelation: she is being primed for an arranged marriage to an English suitor.


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6 September 2004 | HildyJohnson
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While the first film was fairly charming, this sequel is painfully hokey and strains to be funny. Exposition is clumsily done through Princess Mia's voice-over at the beginning of the film; and just in case you miss important plot points, she

continues her (diary) comments throughout the film. This is not good film-making; a director should be able to tell a story visually, without resorting to narration.

Production values are flawless but so sugary and disneyfied that it hardly bears watching (has Europe EVER looked like this??). Jokes and certain plot points

are delivered with a sledgehammer rather than with subtlety – „look, the dog is chasing the cat again!', „look, Mia is goodhearted!', „look, Mia is endearingly klutzy!'. In one scene, Mia sees orphaned children during a parade and turns all the girls into princesses by giving them tiaras to wear – note that the boys are not included, presumably because they have more interesting goals in life, and quite rightly so.

Overall, a saccharine film – with an admittedly charming lead actress – that has many squirm-inducing moments of kitsch and sentimentality and a forced air of „let's be delightful and funny and a little bit hip'. Not recommended, even for children (especially girls), because it gives us yet another pseudo-modern

female role model of no real value.

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