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Starring: Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko, Veronica Ngo
OUR RATING: ★★½
Hulu/Disney+ action comedy directed by Le-Van Kiet. The Princess (2022) centers on a beautiful, strong-willed princess (Joey King), who after she refuses to wed the cruel sociopath, Julius (Dominic Cooper), 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.
Our Favorite Quotes:'A true warrior is defined not by how she fights, but by what she is fighting for.' - Linh (The Princess) Click To Tweet
Merc Leader: So, this is the princess. All pure for her wedding.
Merc Brute: I haven’t been close to the princess before.
Merc Leader: Yeah, there’s a reason for that.
Merc Leader: [as they’re fighting with the Princess] You’re going to get married, like it or not.
Merc Leader: You think you’re going to make it all the way to the bottom?
The Princess: [as she kicks him out the window] I’ll see you there.
The Queen: We trusted you.
Julius: You talk to me about trust?
Violet: You can’t have my sister!
Julius: Well, my little princess, I will marry your sister, because I always get what I want.
Julius: You have trampled our cherished traditions. You have welcomed outsiders. A true king should’ve conquered them. You have made us look vulnerable in the eyes of our enemy.
The King: Julius, listen to me. No one can rule by fear for long. The people are not cattle. They will not follow you blindly.
Julius: Oh, “the people”. People don’t know what they want until they see it. Strength on the throne, that is what “the people” crave. Today, they shall have it.
Death Guard: Someone needs to teach you your place.
The Princess: I’ve heard that before.
Young Princess: [flashback] I want to be a great warrior. Like you were, Linh.
Linh: A true warrior is defined not by how she fights, but by what she is fighting for.
The Queen: [as she catches Linh teaching young Princess how to fight] You’re supposed to be learning etiquette. Listen, with any luck, soon I will give the kingdom the son it needs. But your education and your training are no less crucial to our family’s future.
Linh: If I might, Your Majesty. She is a very smart girl. She can learn many things at once.
The Queen: In future, keep it out of view of the palace. The king will not approve.
Merc #1: I can’t believe she stabbed me!
Merc #2: [as the Princess takes off the lace on her dress to use as a weapon] Oh, I like a girl in lace.
The Princess: What has Julius done with my family?
Merc #2: F*** off. Do you even know how to use this thing?
The Princess: [she uses the crossbow to kill the other merc] Watch your language. You’re in the presence of a princess. Where are they?
Merc #2: I’m not telling you anything, you b**ch.
The Princess: Don’t make me ask again.
Merc #2: You’re never getting out of here alive, you cu…
The Princess: [uses the crossbow to kill the merc] I warned you about that mouth.
Linh: [flashback, as the Princess being trained] You know Khai as one of the king’s advisers. He’s also my uncle, and the warrior who trained me once upon a time. Today, you’re going to fight us both.
The Princess: Both?
Linh: You’re not fighting from your heart. No focus, no speed. Patience and focus.
Khai: [to Linh, referring to the Princess] You were right. She has a warrior’s heart.
Khai: [referring to the sword] I cannot accept such a gift.
The Princess: I would only entrust it to the hands of a true warrior.
'People don't know what they want until they see it.' - Julius (The Princess) Click To Tweet
Julius: There’s a reason why traditions last centuries. People love tradition. With her hand in mine, there is not a soul that can question that I’m the rightful king!
Moira: Violence wakes people up.
Julius: And people will be even more terrified after the coronation when I slit the king’s throat.
Julius: You made a promise to me. A promise you recanted on the whim of a girl. Who else do you take orders from? Servants? Dogs? Who exactly holds the power in this kingdom?
The King: We both do. You and I.
The King: Julius, let us find the solution to this together. Treason will only lead to more bloodshed.
Julius: A wedding is not an act of treason.
Kurr: The lord’s left. No one has to pretend to listen to you now. Useless harlot.
Moira: [as she kills him using her whip] Not so useless now, am I?
The King: [flashback, to the Queen] I understand this does not sit well with you. But this decision has to be made strategically. We have no son. No heir. We should arrange the wedding as quickly as we can. What else can we do?
The Princess: [as she takes out her sword] I have a solution.
The King: What is this?
The Princess: I know of your plans for me. And I beg of you, let me train as a knight instead.
The Queen: I’m afraid you have me to blame for this.
The King: You condone this? I never wish to see you this way again.
The King: You are old enough now to understand. This kingdom has no heir. We are all vulnerable, every last one of us, until a successor is in place.
The Princess: But I can be the successor.
The King: You’re my child. You did not honestly think that I would send you off to die, or worse, at the hands of some barbarian.
The Princess: But you’ll sell me into the bedroom of a man I barely know.
The Princess: I’m not a piece of property to be traded.
The King: I credited you with more maturity than I should have. Now I see that you are just an impetuous girl who only thinks about herself. This kingdom is relying on you. You will find it in yourself to do your duty.
The Princess: Mother always said that pain is beauty.
Linh: I think she was talking about corsets.
The Princess: It’s all my fault.
Linh: Princess, that kind of thinking right now won’t help.
'Violence wakes people up.' - Moira (The Princess) Click To Tweet
The Princess: [referring to her family] I have to save them, Linh.
Linh: We will.
Linh: [to the Princess as they’re about to attack the mercs] You think I’m going to let you have all the fun for yourself? Just remember, patience and focus.
Kitchen Merc: Who are you?
The Princess: I’m the princess.
Moira: All you had to do was accept a ring. Instead, you made a mess. Why go through all this trouble? Be the weak little person you were meant to be.
The Princess: Let’s find out.
Julius: [to the Princess] Look at the mess you’ve made. Not exactly the ladylike behavior I’d expect of you. But that will change.
Julius: You’re an oddity. What on earth happened to make you end up this way?
The Princess: I was born this way.
Julius: No, you were born to be my wife.
The Princess: I look forward to it.
Julius: Oh, you do?
The Princess: At your side, every day. At your service every night. It’s like something out of a fairy tale For me.
Julius: And for me?
The Princess: A nightmare. You’ll learn to sleep with one eye open. To never turn your back.
'Always remember, the real power is not from your blade, but from your heart.' - Linh (The Princess) Click To Tweet
The Princess: [to Julius] I’ll be in heaven, just thinking day and night of ways to kill you. And you’ll be in hell wondering when it’s coming. And you know that it will be coming. Because you know that I’ll never rest, never idle, never stop, until I am standing above your corpse, holding, in my delicate, manicured hands, your still beating heart.
Julius: [as he turns to look at Violet] Well, it seems the princess is still unwilling. If only there were another option. You look as though you won’t be nearly as much trouble as your sister.
The King: Julius, you wouldn’t.
Julius: Wouldn’t I? Kill the princess.
The King: No!
Linh: And always remember, Princess, the real power is not from your blade, but from your heart.
The Princess: It seems so childish now. Me telling you that I wanted to be a warrior. If I had just done my duty.
Linh: No, Princess. No. Julius would be the same monster no matter what you did.
Violet: You have to stop him.
Violet: I want to fight too.
The Princess: You know, I once knew a princess that said the exact same thing at your age.
Violet: But you got to do it.
The Princess: And you will too. I will see to it myself, I promise. But until then…
Violet: Hidden. Quiet. Alive.
The Princess: Yes. That’s my girl. I love you.
Julius: Well, now we’re all here. Call for Violet. She’ll come to you.
The Queen: I’ll cut out my tongue first.
Julius: Yes, it may come to that.
Julius: [referring to the Princess] She refuses death, time and time again.
Moira: Not for much longer.
Julius: [to the King] Your eldest daughter is about to become a corpse. And as for the little one…
Julius: [to Violet] Kneel.
Julius: [to the priest] Marry us.
Moira: I underestimated you.
The Princess: That’s okay. I’m used to that.
The Princess: It looks like you got me to the altar after all.
Julius: Yes. I told you I would, didn’t I?
Julius: Your parents wept the day you were born. I was there. They were so upset that you weren’t a man.
The Princess: And I heard yours wept for the same reason.
Julius: [to the Princess, as they’re fighting] I was going to make your little sister’s life much, much easier, until you started behaving like this.
Julius: Here she is. Your pretty princess. Kneeling before the new king. A reminder to you all that I won’t be belittled. I won’t be forsaken in this weak and feeble kingdom. That power is required on the throne! I will be that power. I will rule with aggression like no one else before! A reminder to you people. I will never, ever have taken from me what is rightfully mine.
The King: It was never yours.
[suddenly the Princess takes her sword from Julius and decapitates him]
The Princess: [as she gives the king his crown] The kingdom is ours again.
The King: Ring the chapel bells until midnight because today, an heir to the kingdom was born.
The King: [as he knights the Princess] Henceforth, the daughters of this kingdom make their own fate, just as my daughter has done today.
The King: [to the Princess] I have never been more proud. We are, all of us, in your debt. I was wrong. I should have trusted you. Forgive me. Now, rise. And let the people see their future leader for who she is.
Linh: Princess. You did it.
Merc #3: [as he sees the Princess] There she is!