A Christmas Prince (2017) – Netflix Original Decks the Halls with Contemporary Fairy Tale

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Christmas Prince (2017) – Netflix Original Decks the Halls with Contemporary Fairy Tale

‘Tis the season. For laughter. For holiday joy. For all the trimmings. And yes, the Christmas movie season is officially in swing. We’ve had a number of new premieres, one of which being today’s feature.

Pursuing a career in journalism is a priority for Amber More (Rose McIvler). She sacrifices nights out with friends and refuses to let them set her up with anyone. All choices that seem to be for naught. Instead of writing real stories, Amber is relegated to a copy editor who is pushed around by superiors who don’t seem to take any pride in their work. This changes when on a whim (mainly because she has no one else to send), Amber’s boss gives her a story. One that involves digging up “dirt” on a crown prince who’s been hiding.
With some pluck, Amber heads abroad and discovers a real-life castle awaits her. Inside the castle is when things get dicey. The people inside this fairy tale – including the handsome and generous, crown prince, Richard (Ben Lamb) – begin to work their way into Amber’s heart. Emotions that soon turns to secrets, and a choice Amber will have to make.

To start off this review, I’ll ask that you indulge me in a little story time. You see, there’s this girl (who happens to be a Christmas movie aficionado). Throughout the month (or mayhap it’s closer to a month and a half?) leading up to Christmas day, she watches (and re-watches) TV Christmas movies. Naturally, when she stumbles across news of a new one, investigations commence. One such evening, an ordinary Thursday, she discovers a little film titled A Prince for Christmas. The title alone tells her this one will be a keeper. She watches it that Friday night.
“I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life.” – A Prince for Christmas
In case my enthusiasm for previous Christmas movies or even what I’ve said so far about this one doesn’t reveal the feels, A Prince for Christmas is absolutely, 100% a must see. For anyone who enjoys the “guilty pleasure” of watching Christmas teleplays, don’t let this one slip past you.

Though it’s formulaic (a term I use in the most endearing way), and borrows from Christmas cousins, this script is full of charm for days. This movie is magical, in all the right spaces and places. The cast is lovely, the characters they play equally so, and the story will enchant those of us who love a good TV romance. The kind that invites us to get wrapped up into a love story we can unapologetically root for.

One of the best things about this script is the cast. Everyone is so good in their respective roles. Whether it’s the sassy (THAT personality though) little sister, our plucky reporter-to-be-heroine, the castle staff, Queen (who DOES have a heart) or that handsome prince, these characters become a kind of friend for 90 minutes. Not only this, but it’s lovely to see such talent ensembled. Whether it be young Honor Kneafsey (who’s brilliant – same as she is in the BBC production of Our Zoo) or Alice Kringe, everyone is memorable.

The lead couple is also fabulous. It’s such fun to see Rose in something beyond her weekly zombie show and many of you may recognize Ben from the popular The White Queen series. He’s also appeared alongside Shailene Woodley in Divergent and the Now You See Me films.

Whether you openly or secretly (your secret is safe with me) adore these Christmas films, one thing is for certain: if you sit down to watch this one, it’s sure to leave you will a wide smile and a all the happy feels.

Content: aside from some minor innuendo, there's nothing offensive in this film. The film is rated TVPG according to Netflix. 

Photos: Netflix


  1. I love royal Christmas movies like this, so I'll definitely have to check it out! It sounds cute.

    1. It's adorable, Korin! Let me know what you think if you see it. :)

  2. Though I usually don't seek out these kind of modern Christmas movies, I do want to try this because I really like Rose McIver. She is fantastic as Liv in iZombie! :)

    1. Rose IS great as Liv. I'm SO behind on iZombie, but I did get a laugh out of the story and premise. PLUS I love that it's from the Veronica Mars team. Let me know if you enjoy this one, Lauren. :)


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