It is paining me to say that. 'A Christmas in Royal Fashion' could easily have been a sweet, charming film to not expect too much from, it had potential to be and a huge part of me wanted it to be. Being somebody who loves Christmas, a fair share of Christmas films and was expecting to not demand too much. Certainly not something Oscar-worthy when it is not that kind of film and that was pretty obvious from the get go, even from the title alone.
Am aware that 'A Christmas in Royal Fashion' was not something to take too seriously and that the "once upon a time" opening is a big clue enough that it was not a film to expect too much realism from. Am pretty sure that despite how they come over, the previous negative reviewers were aware of this too. What they are driving at is most likely that the situations are just too difficult to buy and that it was hard to see what Kristin saw in Patrick, which are two of 'A Christmas in Royal Fashion's' biggest drawbacks.
Will start with 'A Christmas in Royal Fashion's' drawbacks. It has some nice scenery. The soundtrack is very infectious and enhances the magical atmosphere that Christmas creates.
Cindy Busby is a likeable screen presence as the one character that one comes close to engaging with.
Diarmaid Murtagh is the complete opposite. He is as far away from dashing and charming as one can get, the prince is a complete jerk of a character who never properly evolves and Murtagh plays him with no charm and little personality. There was no spark, wit or warmth in the chemistry between him and Busby, and most of the film is dedicated to the viewer being at a loss as to what Kristin sees in him. The supporting cast have nothing to work with, in roles that are bland and at worst cartoonish.
The nice scenery is wasted by the drab and hasty-looking photography and the direction never rises above routine. The script is inane personified with some groan-worthy and cringe-inducing howlers at times, and the story left me bored and cold on top of the increasing ridiculousness. Never felt uplifited, my heart never warmed and the charm was missing, it was just non-stop far-fetchedness and blandness with very little worth endearing to.
Overall, has its moments but mostly it doesn't work. 4/10
A Christmas in Royal Fashion
A Christmas in Royal Fashion
It's the Christmas season. Kristin has recently started working as the Executive Assistant to Melanie Charles, the demanding President/CEO of Los Angeles based Charles Global PR. While Kristin is as demanding of herself as Melanie is of her staff in general, she would like Melanie to see her as more than just a glorified gopher. Despite being nervous about the opportunity, she may get her chance when Melanie is called away at the last minute to Boston to meet a potential new client, leaving Kristin in charge of meeting with the Ambassador of Edgemoor, its monarchy which is partnering with the company's biggest client, Dan Carson of Carson Designs, for a charity fashion show on December 23rd, proceeds going to a children's hospital. Kristin's job is basically to smooth the waters with the Ambassador and as need be Carson until Melanie returns. Upon the delegation of Edgemoor's arrival in Los Angeles, Kristin finds that it is not the Ambassador that has been sent, but rather Prince ...
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November 10, 2020 at 10:13 AM