#Princess Review


Princess Review: Brave

While Pixar is known for its emotional depth and memorable characters, it has been sorely lacking in female protagonists. There are certainly a few interesting female characters, but they are always in the shadows of their male counterp...


Princess Review: Earth Girls Are Easy

You know, uh, Disney princesses are terrible role models. What kind of message is it to tell a girl she should be- ah, royalty? She can’t be royalty. There aren’t many princes for her to, ah, marry. No, she needs a more- a more ...


Princess Review: A Recap

Princess movies aren't something that generally pop up every year. Disney is well-known for retreading old territory, making a nice profit off of sequels and re-releases, so there isn't a strong push for them to keep coming up with original...


Princess Review: Tangled

Tangled is one of those movies that had some very worrisome marketing. What was initially meant to be a strong tale about a girl escaping from a tower ended up with trailers completely centering around her love interest. The fact that he wa...


Princess Review: The Princess and the Frog

Disney took a long vacation from princess movies, but they took an even longer from traditional 2D animated musicals. The Princess and the Frog was their first attempt in a while (barring some that we're going to ignore), and it certainly g...


Princess Review: Enchanted

After Mulan, Disney gave princess movies a long break. A full nine years passed between Mulan and Disney's next princess movie, Enchanted. The gap between these Princess Reviews was totally intentional and meant to mirror this real-life gap...


Princess Review: Mulan

Princess Reviews return with the most pink I have put in a header in my life. Unlike some previous Disney princess films loosely following actual historical events, Mulan is based on an old Chinese ballad about a female warrior of the same ...


The sidelined women of Pixar

Given my main contributions to this site, you can probably guess how excited I am for Brave next summer. A Pixar fairy tale starring a princess that isn't about her quest to find a husband? Yes, please! While there isn't much information ou...


Princess Review: Anastasia

Much like Pocahontas, Anastasia tackles historical characters and takes them drastically far from actual events in history. The main difference lies in the approach: while Pocahontas portrayed a very sanitized, skewed version of history, An...


Princess Review: Pocahontas

Despite being relatively successful in theaters and winning a number of awards, Pocahontas is not a terribly popular Disney movie. Critics call the historical inaccuracies everything from misleading to full-on racist, and others are horrifi...


Princess Review: The Swan Princess

The Swan Princess is not a Disney movie. You probably haven't even heard of it, but it was supposed to be The Big Thing in the early 90s, judging by the success of earlier princess movies. John Cleese accepted a role in The Swan Princess, f...


Princess Review: Aladdin

Aladdin is the first movie in this line of reviews to have the actual princess as a secondary character. Early princesses certainly seemed like secondary characters at times, with the camera focused on the antics of their wacky animal frien...


Princess Review: Beauty and the Beast

Released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast was the first princess movie in the soon-to-be saturated market of the 90's. Belle is often thought of as one of the strongest women in these early movies: she values education and would rather have an...


Princess Review: The Little Mermaid

Time for another Princess Review, freshly moved from the community blogs to right here. If you missed the first ones, there's an introductory post here, as well as earlier reviews of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. Released a f...


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The Foreigner"Jackie Chan has a certain set of skills, too"


The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)"Damaged people, decent people, dysfunctional families"


NYFF Lady Bird"Fly, birdy, fly"


The Mountain Between Us"Why didn't they eat the dog?"


My Little Pony: The Movie"Straight to the glue factory"


Blade Runner 2049"Does Hollywood dream of electric reboots?"


Cult of Chucky"Don't cults require followers?"


NYFF Zama"Strange and without category, Lucrecia Martel's return to filmmaking is the best and most idiosyncratic movie of 2017"


Jeepers Creepers 3"Where does he get those wonderful toys?"


Battle of the Sexes"A back and forth volley never settling on a tone"


NYFF Thelma"Everything you need and more"


American Made"Sex, drugs, and Tom Cruise"


NYFF Last Flag Flying"Richard Linklater standing at attention, but not at ease or at rest"


Preacher (Season 2)"Adapting the unadaptable"


Mother!"Mother of god this is pretentious"


American Assassin"American Ass"


It"Stephen King's scariest adaptation to date"


Good Time"Robert Pattinson: Vampire, no more"


Logan Lucky"No relation to Wolverine"


The Defenders (Season 1)"Masters of karate and friendship "


The Hitman's Bodyguard"I won't always love you"