Joey King goes from The Kissing Booth to the tower in this thrilling action adventure from the director of Furie and The Requin.
Locked in his castle tower, a princess is chained up and is being forced into a situation she never imagined going through. After refusing to marry Julius, a sociopath who intends to yield his power in a ruthless way, he has infiltrated the castle with his army and will go to any lengths and has her locked up. When the Princess comes to, she has learned what has happened. She soon realizes she must fight her way down the tower to rescue her family.
The Princess is no ordinary one. From a young age, with her mother’s blessing and discretion, the Princess had been learning martial arts by family consort Linh. The Princess dreams of becoming a warrior more than a knight, and when her father is shocked to learn what happened, he offers the wedding to Julius, so that a new heir to the kingdom may be known. When Julius soon learns who is responsible for the guards’ demises, he decides to not only attempt to kill the Princess but get the kingdom in an even more sinister manner.
Le Van-Kiet returns to another action treat with this film, that is his biggest studio film yet. After his successful run in his native Vietnam, his first English-language film, The Requin, was released earlier this year. For this film, Le takes the classic fairy tale story and meshes it with a badass feel to things as we see our beloved Princess doing something rarely, if ever, seen in films: fight her way down a tower. After all, when the first fight scene happens within five minutes of the film, you know you’re in for a fun time!
Joey King has done her share of comedy (The Kissing Booth franchise), drama (The Lie), and horror (Wish Upon). Giving her a chance to do action allows her to showcase the versatility a performer can endure. King is great in the role of the titular Princess as she engages in one fight after another as she makes her way down the tower to rescue her family from the evil Julius, played with some power and tenacity from Dominic Cooper.
Olga Kurylenko, a former Bond Girl, is having quite a knack for playing femme fatale roles. After a turn as Taskmaster in Marvel’s Black Widow, she once again gets a chance to showcase her uncanny ability to play a villain as Moira, the whip-wielding consort of Julius. As for the Princess, she has a faithful ally in her martial arts trainer Linh, played by frequent Le collaborator, Veronica Ngo. We get to see her humble beginnings in training in the art of the warrior. We also get an understanding of the old school traditions of how women can’t be warriors, but the Queen sees something in her daughter and allows it discreetly.
As mentioned, the fight scenes start within the first five minutes of the movie. With stunt coordinator Clayton Barber and fight coordinator Sam Kefi, the action looks very good here. King definitely was dedicated to the role as she looks as if she does most if not all of her own stunts. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’sKristofer Kamiyasu joins in at the right moments as Khai, Linh’s headstrong brother who like his sister, sees the Princess as a warrior and even gifts her a sword as a gift after she proves herself in training. King uses a combination of various weapons and hand-to-hand combat to fight off Julius’ guards and fans of Veronica Ngo’s work in the action genre will definitely be pleased as well because we get to see her join the Princess in some kick-ass action.
The Princess is a wild action ride and fun film that’s bound to please fans of the genre. Joey King showcases her talents as one of the top versatile stars in Hollywood. The action is exciting with a finale that is jaw-dropping.
WFG RATING: A
Hulu presents a 20th Century Studios production. Director: Le Van-Kiet. Producers: Derek Kolstad, Toby Jaffe, and Neal H. Moritz. Writers: Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton. Cinematography: Lorenzo Senatore. Editing: Alex Fenn.
Cast: Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko, Veronica Ngo, Kristofer Kamiyasu, Alex Reid, Ed Stoppard, Katelyn Rose Downey, Fergus O’Donnell.