Review: The Princess (2022 Sundance Film Festival)


Title: The Princess
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Director: Ed Perkins
Starring: Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II
Runtime: 1 hr 46 mins

What It Is: An intimate look at a woman who changed what it is and what it meant to be royal. Princess Diana’s issues have been chronicled in films like 2021’s excellent Spencer. This documentary instead focuses on showing us the footage and aftermath of various trying times in the existence of the royals. Showing while simultaneously telling the tale of what may or may not have led to the fatal car crash which may or may not have been accidental.

What We Think: This is the perfect example of the footage telling the story but the editing telling the truth. The truth is based on what theories you believe surrounding the royal family. All of the footage is well put together and you get an insight into what life was like for her. I still fail to see the appeal of royalty. I think that’s because I am an American. Either way what’s clear is the impact she had on the people of England as their symbol and the world as a humanitarian. What else it does is tell a story of a conflicted woman who was hounded for no reason other than the fact that she was in a loveless marriage of convenience to a man that did not appreciate her.

Our Grade: B+, A STUNNING documentary. One that looks inside itself and utilizes all its footage for the betterment of its subject. There’s no way you walk away from this unsuspicious of the Royal Family and their intention in regards to Diana post marriage to Charles. There’s no way to see this and not feel the slightest bit concerned and cautious about what lengths they may or may not have gone to. Ed Perkins did a stellar job here. Really fantastic work.

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