Review | Royalteen – Norwegian Teen Romance is a mix of ‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘Mean Girls’
Apparently, in the Northern Hemisphere it’s kind of common for people to go to school or work and suddenly run into a royal. Maybe because there are still many countries under the monarchy by the bands there, and this ends up being reflected in the audiovisual, whether in productions like ‘The Princess and the Commoner‘, in which the protagonist’s twin simply bumps into her and decides to switch places, or as in ‘royal treatment‘, in which the prince decides to get a haircut with a regular New York hairdresser and falls in love with her. If for centuries the royalty kept a facade of distant and unreachable people, today the idea is precisely to deconstruct this and show them as common beings – and the romance movies have helped a lot in this mission. Like the debut’royalteen‘, romance Norwegian teenager who has just arrived at Netflix.
Lena (Ines Høysæter Asserson) is a young woman who has just moved with her family to Oslo, capital of Norway. It’s your first day of school and your mom (Veslemoy Mørkrid) is super excited because her daughter is going to study in the same room as the heirs to the throne. to the surprise of Lena the prince kale (Mathias Storhøi) not only appears to be friendly, but seems interested in her. As time goes by, Lena he starts to realize that his heart is also swinging for the heir to the throne, but this starts to bother the princess Margrethe (Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne), who will do anything to separate the two and keep the crown safe.
With an hour and forty, ‘royalteen‘ starts well and develops well, but in the final arc of the plot, the whole thing seems to roll downhill with nothing to hold on to. Based on the book by Randi Fuglehaug it’s from Anne Gunn Halvorsenthe script of Ester Schartum-Hansen is centered on this protagonist who looks like a young woman with an ordinary family, in an ordinary life, but suddenly, the script starts to insert a lot of information and a sinister background for a character with whom the viewer should connect and by whom to twist; being hit, all of a sudden, with a lot of questionable actions of Lenawe start to doubt if we really want her to be with the charismatic prince, who is good people.
Part of this problem must also be attributed to the direction of Per-Olav Sorensen and Emilie Beck, that builds the whole plot into a teen romance vibe to, out of nowhere, turn the whole thing into a kind of ‘Mean Girls‘ veiled and end its plot with an open ending, implying that there may be a continuation. Well, the problem is that for more than an hour of projection nothing indicates a sequel, so being suddenly surprised by a lot of reasons and unresolved issues seems like a push to guarantee more movies.
Despite this greed of production, ‘royalteen‘ it is a romance cute teen, with an adorable prince and out of the sameness of British royal productions. As we learned in Las Encinasin ‘Elite‘, mixing the commons with royalty arouses the envy of many people, even in the Norway.
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