The Princess is a 2022 American action thriller movie directed by Le-Van Kiet. The movie stars Dominic Cooper, Joey King, Olga Kurylenko, and Veronica Ngo. They find out that last night Julius (Dominic Cooper) and Moira (Olga Kurylenko) staged a coup and took over the King’s (Ed Stoppard) castle and are holding them hostage.
Unlike most medieval “Disney princess movies” (20th Century Studios is currently owned by Disney, so it’s a Disney princess movie), the princess isn’t waiting for some knight in shining armor to save her. Instead, he kicks, punches, slashes, slashes, and lashes out at his family in the funniest and most brutal way possible.
The Princess: Synopsis
The first 9 minutes of “The Princess” is just Joey King killing every man who gets in her way. But then we have a look at what’s actually going on. The king, queen (Alex Reid), their younger daughter Violet (Katelyn Rose Downey), and everyone in the citadel has been captured by Julius and his army. It’s not a random enemy.
He knows the king and the king knows him as we see him telling Julius that what he is doing is wrong and he should have been taking notes from his father who was a diplomat. As he berates them, Violet reveals her reason for the attack: Julius wants to marry the princess and become the new king. Julius is also a misogynist and a racist because he thinks the king has overturned the natural order of things by observing the “bad behavior” of his daughters and welcoming “strangers”.
In a flashback sequence, we see Julius convincing the king that since he has no son, he has no heir to the throne. So he should marry her elder daughter and continue the family tree. A wedding ceremony took place where Julius thanked the king for giving him the responsibility of becoming the true leader of the kingdom. But when he approached the princess and put the ring on her finger, she rejected him and left the wedding ceremony.
According to Linh (Veronica Ngo), Julius attacked the castle at night, knowing full well that the soldiers would not be ready, and mercilessly killed everyone, then locked the princess away with the plan to keep her there until the wedding ceremony. And when he realizes that the princess won’t agree to the marriage, he announces that he will marry Violet instead, since she won’t put up much of a fight.
I think this is the first question on everyone’s mind after seeing the princess’s entire family helpless while she murders fools left, right and center. The answer lies in a flashback sequence that is triggered when the princess gains access to her sword hidden in her bedroom. We see her training with Linh in a remote area of the forest, who teaches her to fight from the heart.
They are joined by Khai (Kristofer Kamiyasu), who is one of the king’s advisors, and Linh’s uncle, who trained her to become the warrior she is right now. And Linh tells the princess that she has to fight them both to prove that her training has had some effect on her. When she manages to incapacitate the two, she gets her dragon hilt sword.
Soon after, she overhears her father and mother talking about marrying her off to Julius because he is a respected lord who can restore the kingdom’s standing. Her mother opposes this, noticing that Julius barely knows the girl. The king cites “strategy” and basically blames the queen for not giving birth to a son, i.e. an heir. The princess opposes this plan by telling the king to have her trained as a knight instead.
The queen says that she is to blame for the princess’s rebellious nature because when she discovered her training with Linh at a very young age, she allowed it on one condition: the king should not know about it. And she was right. Because when the king finds out, he throws a misogynistic fit to justify his decision to let his daughter sleep with Julius to prevent her from entering the war and restoring the glory of the kingdom.
The Princess Ending Explained: What Happened At The End?
After narrowly escaping Julio’s clutches, Linh, Violet, and the princess reunite in the castle’s armory to prepare for the tyrant and his minions. Meanwhile, Julius gathers everyone in the castle hall, hoping the princess will show up when she sees that he is about to kill her mother and father.
And she, along with Linh. As Julia is distracted, Violet tries to free Khai and give him the knife as well. But Julius discovers her, takes her to the altar, and forces the priest to marry them both. As Linh enters the courtyard, Khai tells everyone to attack the rest of the guards and end Julio’s plans to marry one of the daughters.
The princess takes on Moira and Linh fights Juliet. While the princess manages to kill Moira with her own whip, Linh receives a brutal blow from Julio that incapacitates her. Khai drags Linh away and the princess finally fights Julia. He brings her to her knees. And just when all hope seems truly lost, the princess sees an opportunity to cut Julio’s throat while he’s reveling in his brilliance, and takes her.
Julio’s head falls to the ground (which is a great combination of practical and visual effects). The king takes his crown back. He tells the crowd to ring the chapel bells until midnight because the heir to the kingdom has been born. He knights the princess because he understands her worth and admits how wrong he was about her. The princess rises and celebrates Linh’s survival, ushering in a new era for the kingdom.