A Christmas Prince (2017)



  • Directed by Alex Zamm
  • Starring Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Honor Kneafsey
  • Written by Nathan Atkins
  • Romance, Holiday
  • Rated PG
  • 1hr 32mins
  • 17 November 2017


A copy editor yearns to become a journalist, and when she is assigned to the press pool of a conference the reputed ‘playboy’ prince of the fictional country of … some country I forget …. is holding, she takes the opportunity given to her by his refusal to show himself and insinuates herself into the royal household under the guise of the disabled princess’s American tutor.

How’s the Story?

It’s alright. It’s nothing special but the “well-intentioned reporter who only wants to have a career until they discover it will hurt real people” trope is a fun one. Honestly, this movie is Hallmark Christmas Never Been Kissed basically, but it’s still a cute story. I particularly liked the choice of having the little princess be disabled.

How’s the Acting?

I mean…. it’s not abysmal? I’ve seen worse in serious movies, not Hallmark-level-but-not-really-Hallmark movies, so that’s something positive. Definitely not the worst acting in a movie I’ve ever seen, but far from the best.

How’s the Writing/Directing?

Honestly? Not that bad. I can’t think of anything that stands out as poorly written or badly directed. In general, the writing and the direction choices are pretty solid for what it is. It’s no Arrival but it’s got better writing than American Assassin. (Not that that’s too hard to do.)

How’s the Cinematography?

It’s decent. It’s not bad, but it’s clearly very low budget. It’s very straightforward filmmaking. I particularly like some of the outdoor scenes. It’s not easy to get a forest scene filmed well on a low budget, and they did a pretty decent job.

Is It Worth Watching?

It’s Christmas season, so of course it’s worth watching! Sappy ass, iffy quality Christmas love stories are perfect for this time of year, and this definitely fits the bill for that. There’s not much more to say about this movie, because it’s straightforward: Christmas Love Story. That’s just it.

It’s still better than Love Actually.

My Rating: 5/10

About J. Chelsea Williford

Movie addict, reader, writer, pop culture lover.
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