Cinema Sunday: The Princess Diaries

Hello and welcome to Cinema Sunday, this is a new weekly meme that I will be participating in. Cinema Sunday was created by Jessica over at Escape 2 Fiction.



Shy San Francisco teenager Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is thrown for a loop when, from out of the blue, she learns the astonishing news that she’s a real-life princess! As the heir apparent to the crown of the small European principality of Genovia, Mia begins a comical journey toward the throne when her strict and formidable grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), shows up to give her “princess lessons.”

Movie Details

Release Date: 21st December 2001
Length: 1 hour and 51 mins 
Genre: Comedy, Drama,  Romance
Rating: 3/5 🎥🎥🎥

My Thoughts

I have a love-hate relationship with this movie. It’s nothing like the book, but I think this was done was done on purpose. If you have read the Princess Diaries then you will know that essentially the theme is similar, Mia is a normal teenager until she learns that she is the Princess of Genovia – the story moves along and eventually after everyone finds out and multiple movies  of her life are made, but its none of them are like what actually happened and I think this is what this Movie is. Still with me? This is further evidenced when she goes on to say that they made the Grandmother nice and I’m pretty certain she even references the theme of the Princess Diaries 2 because she mentions one of the movies depicts her and Michael breaking up.

So while I’m not keen on how they did the movie, if my theory is correct then it’s actually pretty clever.


So apart from this movie being nothing like the book, the other things that I’m not to keen on is the casting choices, I think they got Josh and Michael so wrong, Michael in particular because they made him kind of emo looking and I don’t remember him being described that way.

I do love Julie Andrews in this film, she is brilliant and it’s what made this movie so watchable. I did hear that they are making the third movie now? I’m guessing this will be about how Mia is ruling? I don’t know but I’m excited either way.


Have you watched this movie? What are your thoughts?







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