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The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Starring Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo,
John Rhys-Davies, Heather Matarazzo, Chris Pine

Making a sequel to a very successful film is a difficult proposition. Princess Diary was a delightful charmer with a couple of things that made it stand out. Anne Hathaway made an impressive debut as Mia, she was a breath of fresh air and not cut from the typical Hollywood mold watching her develop from a gawky, tomboy teen to a Princess, was a lot of fun.

Mia (Hathaway once again) is Princess of Genovia, a small fictional European country. She discovers that she will have to give up the throne unless she marries, and she only has one month to find a suitable match.

Not only is the time limit a big impediment to success, but she also has Viscount Mabrey (John Rhys-Davies - someone who plays different ethnic backgrounds with ease), who is keen on putting a monkey wrench into Mia’s plans in order to have his own nephew, Sir Nicholas (Chris Pine) ascend to the throne instead.

Julie Andrews returns as Queen Clarisse, and she’s as lovely and graceful as any Queen might be. Hector Elizondo is also back as Joseph, head of security and Clarisse’s suitor. He’s such a natural and easy-to-watch actor, I eagerly looked forward to his screen time.

It’s not that there’s anything particularly wrong about Director Gerry Marshall’s sequel, its just that the freshness is lost. Even so, young girls should enjoy as Hathaway plays it as cute and fun-loving as ever, and the charming relationship between Elizondo and Andrew’s will appeal to mom’s.

Princess Diaries 2

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