18 May 2019 | robertemerald
Sumptuous but plodding medieval drama
Basically everyone falls in love with the Princess. That's the underlying premise, along with how the Princess herself, a superb performance that outshines many other aspects of this movie, has to deal with each new challenge/suiter as they present themselves. The story itself is a melodrama essentially, brightened, ironically, by a very chivalric spirit that imbues all the main players. The boys truly are dashing. In that regard I can see this movie being popular. For me though, it fell down on things such as very conservative lighting throughout, and inconsistent cinematography. Some of the outdoor shots were beautifully framed, but others were a little drab or repetitive, and overall it could have had more colour. The action scenes were way too tame, though I'd admit by keeping them so the movie may have wider appeal. Lots of sword fighting was consistent with the overarching chivalry, true. It's a very long movie. As a sort of feminist piece it probably has more value than I honestly understand. To be sure, women of the 16th Century were not well-handled, and perhaps that is the better way to view this piece, because, at a minimum, you can't say the Princess doesn't have pluck when it comes to asserting herself. Perhaps, in that, there is a true romance here.