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You know just sometimes in life you really dread watching a film thats someone elses idea? Well this was my best mate Lizs choice and to say I wasn't looking forward to this Prince William and Kate story is to say the least...I even told her prior to watching it I'd rather pull my teeth out. Its not that I'm anti royal. In fact they fascinate me to a point and I like many millions of other people new about them dating (it was always in the headlines and the magazines I read lol), splitting up and eventually getting married. For me though that was enough to know. Watch a love story with actors that looked like them and Charles and so on.....well no. However I was wrong. I loved this movie! Its a jolly good love story with ups and downs and the characters, without me being told who they were meant to me I knew. The Film: We pretty much start the film at St Andrews where of course Kate and William meet. At first shes in a relationship but her and the future King Of England become friends...eventually becoming closer when he spots her on the runway for a fashion show and realises just what a beauty she is. Eventually of course they become a couple in secret there love is tender, they have fun together she even meets his father and they go skiing, however because of course what happened to Princess Diana with the press it leads William wanting to keep their relationship quiet but at his birthday party at the palace he pretty much ignores her and she starts to feel not good enough to date a prince. They eventually end up living together together at the end of their final year before graduating but William calls time the relationship and Kate has been trying hard to keep down a job at Jigsaw fashion house whilst being pestered by the press and having to keep fitting in seeing William when he could manage it. In the meatime broken hearted Kate goes out, gets papped and William realises whats he done. Of course they end up back together, thats no big secret but I won't tell you how they did as that was a bit of the story I didn't know! The story is heartwarming. Kate played by Camilla Luddington was quite a ringer for Kate though I don't know really she was a bit wooden at times. William played by Nico Evers-Swindell gave a wonderful human feel to the Prince with a dry sense of humour and the chats between him and his father played by Ben Cross (who was superb by the way with the mannerisms and voice of Prince Charles) were witty and warm. Diana and the Queen were refered to, the scenery rather excellent and although the music in the film was nothing to write home about the film was great! Ok we know the story, its a one watcher and one for the whole family I reckon!
Like a lot of people, I became slightly obsessed with the Royal Wedding and went out and bought all the books, DVDs and magazines that featured William and Kate. Whilst I had remembered hearing about certain Royal Weddings when I was younger, this was the first one which I was old enough to 'know about', and so as the wedding aproached, I got really excited, especially as it meant that we could celebrate with a day off work! When I heard that there was a movie about William and Kate out, I could not wait to see it. So when I saw that it would be showing on the television, I made sure I watched it. William and Kate: The Movie is an American movie following the story of the relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton. The movie was released in the United Kingdom in April 2011 and so is very recent. The movie is a PG which means that it is suitable for everyone, although young children should have a parent with them when watching it. The movie is available to buy on DVD for a price of £7.87 which I think is good value for money. First of all, I was suprised when I heard about this movie, as I had no idea such a thing would be done. Although, looking back I do think that it was good idea. One thing which annoyed me about this movie was the fact that it was made in America and all the scenes were filmed in America. This, I felt in some ways spoilt the movie as it made the movie slightly less believable for me, and made it feel as though it was a fictional movie rather than a story about the royal couple. Whilst a lot of the movie (apart from the offical stuff) is said to be guesswork, I did enjoy watching this movie as I found it interesting to see what William and Kate might have actually been like at university and so on. For example, I really could not imagine them going down to the pub for a few drinks or William singing karaoke. Would they really do these kind of things? But then again, you have to remember that after all they are real people. I was impressed with the actors in this movie. I couldn't believe how much the actress who plays Kate, Camilla Luddington and Nico Evers-Swindell resembled the real life couple. Whilst I wouldn't say they look exactly like the couple, they do have similarities and can act really well too. I also thought that they had really great on-screen chemistry which really added to the movie. The movie is very cheesy yet at the same time is also very romantic. It is quite a light-hearted kind of movie. It does feel like the kind of movie that you could watch over and over again though. One thing which I was disappointed about this movie was the fact that the story only goes up until their engagement. It would have been nice to have seen the wedding and then end the movie as they 'went off to start their new lives together' or whatever. Although the makers probably realised that it was best to release this movie pre-wedding whilst everyone had gone 'royal mad' otherwise it wouldn't sell after the wedding when all the 'hype' had gone down. I do think that this is a good little movie which I enjoyed watching. I think that it will be great for 'educating' future generations on how the future (or perhaps by then they will be the King and Queen of Britain) King and Queen met, and the story of their relationship. Thanks for reading! June 2011 xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
William Windsor, Prince of Wales, has just begun his first term at St Andrews University, trying to live a normal life amongst the students who are shocked to have a Royal in their midsts. He seems to be getting on well, but when he meets a fellow student, a young Kate Middleton, the pair quickly strike up a friendship which soon turns into a very public love affair. But Kate is soon struggling with the pressures of dating the second in line to the throne, and the press attention that comes with it, but William isn't willing to give up his girl for good. Will the Middletons and William be able to persuade Kate that William is the one for her despite everything that comes with her life, and will the couple get their happy ever after? After the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the world quickly got Royal Wedding fever, and it seems none more so than the Americans! In true tradition, they jumped on the bandwagon and quickly created this made for TV movie based on the love story of William and Kate, although how much of it is actually true and how much is made up is up to you to decide! Obviously, there are certain facts which we are certain of, but other things have possibly been embellished for the sake of television/the movie. I wasn't overly looking out for this, but when it was on Channel 5 the afternoon of the real Royal Wedding (didn't Kate look amazing?!), I couldn't resist sitting through it just to see how cringe worthy it was myself! Firstly, I have to comment on the performances of our two leading actors. They aren't doubles for William and Kate, but they do provide a good likeness, good enough to carry them through the movie anyhow. William is played by New Zealand actor Nico Evers-Swindell, someone I hadn't heard of until this film. He does look vaguely like William, a tad more good looking if I dare say so. He does portray the Prince very well, he tries hard to emulate some of the Prince's traits and for the most part he does very well. His accent is quite convincing, in fact I didn't know he wasn't British until I wrote this review so for me, he did a very good job. He's quite a handsome man, it has to be said, and there is a certain spark between he and Camilla who plays Kate, they make a good pairing on screen, but I really liked the scenes between he, Ben Cross (Prince Charles) and Justin Hanlon (Prince Harry), they made for some amusing viewing! Camilla Luddington on the other hand... yes she's a good look-a-like for Kate, dark haired and very pretty, but sadly I felt her performance was lacking in parts. She acted quite well, but it wasn't anything special, I did notice her accent slipping in parts which was disappointing since she is actually British but has apparently been working in America for some time and consequently she has definitely picked up a twang which does appear occasionally which is a shame. Her and Nico look very good together, a good look a like pairing for the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but acting wise, I do feel Nico outshone Camilla which was a shame. The other cast members are okay, Ben Cross does a good job as Prince Charles although he doesn't look at all like him, and I did like Serena Scott Thomas as Carole Middleton, she was quite warm in her role. The movie was filmed entirely in LA, so there is a feel about it which isn't British, but they do a good enough job with the scenes at St Andrews considering. They have the quinessential British "snow" scene, but it does look unusually sunny for Scotland in other parts of the film! They have tried to get things right such as pubs, stores where Kate worked, dorm rooms and everything else and for the most part, I do feel like they did okay, things do seem authentic if you don't look too deeply so I can't criticise them too much for it. Of course, we have to remember that some of it is embellished, such as the private scenes between the pair, other functions we'd never have the privilege of seeing and while it can be very cheesy, there was something quite sweet and watchable about it. Overall, it wasn't anything special, it was most definitely a made for television movie, with its pretty awful graphics for the title of the movie at the start, and the cheeky soundtrack throughout, but for fans of William and Kate, and the love story between the pair, this might be worth a watch if you have nothing else to see! It certainly whiled away a quiet afternoon in for me, and was a pleasant enough way to spend a couple of hours. A lot of people have panned this film because yes, the accents are pretty abysmal and it is very cheesy, but its a sweet interpretation of a modern fairytale love story and is pretty harmless. I dread to think what the real William and Kate, sorry, Catherine, would make of this and its wonderful embellishments, but I didn't think it was too bad overall! Directed by Mark Rosman Written by Nancey Silvers Certificate: PG Main Cast: Camilla Luddington ... Kate Middleton Nico Evers-Swindell ... Prince William Samantha Whittaker ... Olivia Martin Jonathan Patrick Moore ... Ian Musgrave Richard Reid ... Derek Rogers Ben Cross ... Prince Charles Serena Scott Thomas ... Carole Middleton Christopher Cousins ... Mike Middleton Justin Hanlon ... Prince Harry The movie is now available on DVD through all usual retailers. Thank you for reading.
William and Kate - The Movie FILM ONLY REVIEW I don't know about everyone else, but after months and months of talk about the Royal Wedding, I have got to the point where I am getting a little fed up with it, so goodness knows what possessed me to watch 'William and Kate - The Movie' on channel five this Easter Sunday. Perhaps a little bit of curiosity, even though I knew beforehand that many a storyline within the movie was more invention than fact, or perhaps after eating chocolate and lazing in the long awaited sunshine I needed a step away from my reality! Either way, I found myself lounging on the sofa and switching the television movie on and I was actually a little surprised! ******************** LET LOVE RULE ******************** "A Prince, an ordinary girl. And a very British love story" We all know the real life public story of Prince William and Kate Middleton from how they met to their engagement right up until now, a week away from the big Royal Wedding. If you have no idea what I am talking about, where have you been?! It is difficult to get away from all the hype, no matter how hard you try! Therefore, it should not have been a surprise really that a film was made all about them! 'William and Kate - The Movie' follows the story of the Royal lovebirds from the beginning of Williams education at St Andrews right through their graduation, through the beginnings of the media spotlight on their relationship which led swiftly into their break-up and right up to their engagement. A well know story? Well yes, though there are a few surprising moments within this film, perhaps not so much in the main storyline but in the humour. Firstly, let me say that many of the critics have put this film down, and much of what has been said is absolutely right, though in my personal opinion, it is actually so bad that it is good! The storyline is simply one we already know about and pretty much follows the path I stated above. The main focus, of course, is on William and Kate though to be honest, it could have been a story about any Royal Prince and his love and with this in mind, I found I enjoyed it even more so. I have seen a few films in which this one reminded me of, such as 'First Daughter' and even 'Princess Diaries', and apart from the obvious factual story it is based upon, it can easily be viewed as complete fiction. I do not know exactly how much is fact and how much is made up for the purpose of the film, though as long as you do not watch it as a factual documentary then you may enjoy it! It certainly had plenty of parts in which really needed to be viewed with a sense of humour and I found myself wondering what William and Kate and the rest of the Royal family might think of this! At one point in the film, Prince William was slating the treatment of his mother to his father, with some harsh talk about Camilla, which made the reality of the movie seem more real, yet this is swiftly followed by some karaoke singing by William which bought the fun back into the viewing. You really have to take all of this movie with a pinch of salt with some tongue-in-cheek moments and view it as a comedy rather than what I think it attempted to be!! So what of the love story? Primarily, this is what the film is about after the fact that it is meant to be the Prince and Kate, so expect a drawn out soppy film because that is what you get. There are some minor romantic moments which are little above average in comparison to many other love stories seen in films, and some comical attempts at creating laughs such as Kate and William bedroom jumping at their shared flat, though there is nothing in the realms of adult viewing which will certainly please many. I personally think the romance, when looked at alone, is rather quaint and delicate in the film, and perhaps the most life-like part of the film. Were we seeing double? When making a film based upon real people, it is important to try to get the right actors, not just for their acting but for their appearance too. Keeping within the slight failure of this movie, the doubles were hardly alike to their real life counter parts. You could see who they were meant to resemble, though Charles especially is nothing alike in looks to his film counter-part! This may have been a let down in other films, though because this film was viewed as more on the comical side, I found that this did not really matter in the end. It simply added to the humour as did the terrible accents! I did not realise how difficult it was for actors to speak in the accent of the royals or even the well brought up! I found it quite amusing that William had a New Zealand accent amid his royal one! Though Williams accent was not the worst one of the bunch; the whole cast had accents which went up and down more than a rollercoaster! It would have made terrible viewing in any other film, though it simply went along the 'so bad it is good' lines with this one, even if it did become a little annoying after a while! The newsreader was perhaps the best one of the lot - and we never even see his face! To add insult to injury, this movie was actually filmed in the USA and it was quite apparent in some scenes! They did not even attempt to make some parts look authentically British, though I guess that is really the least of the worries in this film! Going on from the filming, I feel I have to mention the haphazard way the scenes were set out. The storyline did flow forward fine, yet the scenes had a bad editing feel to them which left a bad taste in my mouth as I just wanted to shout at the television on how they should be doing it! The ending is always a very important factor in a film in my opinion, as if the film is great yet the ending is a let-down, I always feel robbed and do not feel that it was worth my time watching it. So how does the ending of this film compare? It is difficult to judge, really, as the film was certainly no big hit, yet the spoof like quality to this film led to an idea that the ending would be the same. On the lead up, this is certainly true, though the last five minutes became, possibly, the most serious part of the whole movie which stood out as a little out-of-place and also horridly rushed as though the film makers suddenly ran out of script or the camera ran out of film. I had expected the story to go a little further than it did though perhaps an early ending was about right as I do not know how many more funny, yet drab, jokes I could take! ******************* INFORMATION ******************* This film was directed by Mark Rosman, who has directed such other films as 'A Cinderella Story' and 'The Perfect Man' with some less than average other titles under his belt. The screenplay was written by Nancey Silvers who has written many television movies, many of which are not known at all. The cast list is a very small one, many of which play extra parts such as reporters who do not stand out from the crowd at all, though they are not meant to. The main cast has no blockbuster names to it, though this again, works in the films benefit. The main cast list includes; Nico Evers-Swindell ... Prince William Camilla Luddington ... Kate Middleton Ben Cross ... Prince Charles Serena Scott Thomas ... Carole Middleton Christopher Cousins ... Mike Middleton Samantha Whittaker ... Olivia Martin Jonathan Patrick Moore ... Ian Musgrave Richard Reid ... Derek Rogers Trilby Glover ... Margaret Hemmings-Wellington Mary Elise Hayden ... Pippa Middleton Calvin Goldspink ... James Middleton Justin Hanlon ... Prince Harry Swindell was born in New Zealand and this becomes very obvious with his New Zealand/Royal accent which jumps up and down throughout the whole film. The only real resemblance to Prince William is the long face, though as mentioned above, this simply fits in with the rest of the spoof comedy. He has not had a whole lot of acting experience and this shows to a degree with his part as William. There are some strong moments though I do not think he will ever win an award for his part in this film! Luddington works well with Swindell, though like him, is not the strongest actor in the world. Saying this, though, she is perhaps the best actor in this film and brings some mark of reality into the storyline. If possible among the comedy, Luddington is able to bring some real emotion to her part which I applaud. Thomas and Cousins were great as Kate's parents though at some points, Thomas seemed to overact a little too much even for the comedy aspect of this film. There were some really believable scenes, though, within the Middleton home with these two actors, such as the cringe-worthy awkwardness felt when William first stays the night at their home - you could really feel the tension coming from these two. Cross was quite humorous as Charles, though nothing like Charles is in real life. It was not perhaps his best performance, yet his laugh out loud attempts really brought the spoof to new heights in the film. Whittaker was above average in her role, perhaps due to the fact that the person she is playing is less known to the public eye so there is less to go on. Although not a hugely memorable role, she did bring some good parts into her character and enabled the storyline to bulk out much more than other actors could. Moore and Reid, like Whittaker, played their parts well, and perhaps brought that little extra reality setting into the story mainframe. Glover also played her part well, though at times it felt as though she was not overly sure of what character she was playing which was a little disconcerting. Hayden and Goldspink added value to the Middleton family and alongside Luddington, I felt as though these were well cast. We perhaps did not see enough of them to shine through completely, though, but that's what you get when you have William and Kate in the mix...even if they are only actors playing them! Last but not least in the main cast list, or perhaps he is least, was Hanlon as Prince Harry. The film makers obviously couldn't find a real ginger haired actor so instead dyed his hair and ignored his terrible acting! Luckily, he was not on camera too long! So what was my overall opinion of the cast? To be honest, if this was a film to take seriously then I would certainly say that all were well below average, and any who showed little signs of being great were prevented by the rushed scenes. In this film, however, as long as you take it as a bit of fun then the actors and characters do not seem too bad! There were some really terrible parts in the acting, and none shone out for any type of award, though the terrible acting and accents just promoted the spoof like qualities and made it more bearable to watch. ******************* FINAL WORDS ******************* As already mentioned, whether it was intended or not, this film is certainly not one to be taken seriously. It has some good spoof quality moments, even though I believe this was not deliberate, and the humour within the scenes were above average. The acting was, if anything, average, and the terrible accents really did get annoying after a while, though as long as you take it as a comedy and forget what it is really about then you might like it. The film came out today on television (24th April 2011) and it is available to preorder on Amazon for £6.49, though it is safe to say that I will not be purchasing it. It had its good moments though the phrase 'It was so bad it was good' springs to mind, and in saying this; the one time of watching it was enough.