Taking names and kicking ass is what you can expect from Joey King Veronica Ngo in THE PRINCESS, now streaming on Hulu. Director Le-Van Kiet’s love of martial arts is at the forefront of this fairy tale with a new spin.
Movie Review – THE PRINCESS on HULU
Princess as protagonist and feminist fighters is nothing new in movies. However, martial arts as the core fighting form for a princess is something of a spin for a fairy tale movie and it shows in director Le-Van Kiet's latest film THE PRINCESS.
Martial Arts & Fight Scenes in THE PRINCESS
The martial arts scenes in THE PRINCESS were well-derived and smoothly choreographed. If you're a martial arts fan, the movie is a fun watch for those martial arts sequences alone.
A Fun Watch but Lacking in Plot
As a whole, THE PRINCESS was a fun watch, but not one most will race to see more than once. It will likely resonate with high schoolers (teen girls), as I suspect that is the target audience. The plot? A little weak with a mash-up of a variety of fairy tales. The film opens with Joey King as the Princess laying unconscious in a white, ornate dress, her messy locks strewn about the pillow. Her bed is surrounded by flowers, but with a modern twist, she awakens on her own—not at the hand (or lips) of some handsome prince.
As she awakens, she proceeds to kick the bejeezus out of two dastardly brutish henchmen.
While the opening leads you to believe there may be some heavier, more substantive plot, it's nary more than a modern fairy tale with a twist but an entertaining watch nonetheless.
Watch THE PRINCESS Trailer
About THE PRINCESS
A Hulu Original, THE PRINCESS is an action-packed fight to the death set in a fairy tale world directed by Le-Van Kiet (FURIE) and starring Emmy Award nominee Joey King (THE ACT, THE KISSING BOOTH) as a skilled and formidable young royal. When a beautiful strong-willed princess refuses to wed the cruel sociopath to whom she is betrothed, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle. With her scorned, vindictive suitor intent on taking her father’s throne, the princess must protect her family and save the kingdom.
The film also stars Dominic Cooper (PREACHER), Olga Kurylenko (BLACK WIDOW), and Veronica Ngo (THE OLD GIARD). Directed by Le-Van Kiet (FURIE) and written by Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton (WINTER'S KNIGHT, FINAL FANTASY), THE PRINCESS is produced by Neal H. Moritz (the “Fast and Furious” franchise), Toby Jaffe (TOTAL RECALL) and Derek Kolstad (JOHN WICK), with Joey King and Guy Riedel
serving as executive producers.
Category: Live-action adventure
Rating: R, for strong/bloody violence and some language
Runtime: 109 mins.
Directed by: Le-Van Kiet
Written by: Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton
Producers: Neal H. Moritz, p.g.a., Toby Jaffe, p.g.a., Derek Kolstad, p.g.a.
Executive Producers: Joey King, Guy Riedel
Cast: Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko, Veronica Ngo
THE PRINCESS is now streaming as a Hulu Original in the U.S., and as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.