Christmas has officially arrived and so has the Hallmark Channel’s new prince-inspired Christmas movie franchise with its trademark love stories. A Christmas Prince is a Hallmark romance movie with a unique take on the classic holiday romance. It stars Amber Boggs, the first sitting Queen of Aldovia, and her bodyguard, the soon-to-be-crowned King Richard, as the main characters.
The movie is full of romance, comedy, mystery, and Christmas spirit. Amber and Richard struggle to overcome their different backgrounds – Amber being a commoner and Richard born royal – while catching a murderer, thwarting a royal coup, and embracing their sudden love.
The movie has received critical acclaim, with viewers giving mostly positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the main movie has a rating of 92%. On IMDb, the movie earns a 7.7/10 rating from fans. One reviewer described the movie as “a delightful, fantastical romp that kept me hooked from start to finish.” Many praised the movie for its unique take on the standard romantic comedy formula, with some calling it “a charming and funny little story about what love really means.”
A Christmas Prince is unique in that it manages to provide a fresh perspective on the classic Christmas romance movie. Rather than focusing on a cookie-cutter, cliche princess and prince, the film follows a couple of characters who challenge the tired tropes of a Hollywood-style romance. The main characters are strong and independent, they don’t always get along, and actually take the time to learn about one another before they end up falling in love.
The movie has been so successful that Hallmark greenlit a sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, for release in 2018. This sequel follows Amber and Richard as they prepare for their royal wedding, and the obstacles that stand in the way. The sequel is sure to be just as delightful as the first.
Overall, Hallmark’s romance movie franchise with A Christmas Prince has been a huge success. It manages to deliver meaningful stories while also providing a light-hearted, fun escape from the cold and monotony of the winter season. It’s a charming little story that truly embraces the spirit of Christmas.
Production and Cast
The movie was written by Nathan Atkins, directed by Alex Zamm, and produced by Bradford Tatum. It stars Amber Boggs, played by Rose McIver, and Richard, played by Ben Lamb. The two characters are accompanied by a strong cast that includes Alice Krige as the Queen of Aldovia and Sara Tomko as the princess.
The cast of A Christmas Prince, along with its production team, have truly done an amazing job of bringing this unique holiday story to life. Every character has been carefully crafted to make the story more dynamic and interesting. The cinematography and editing are also top-notch, creating an aesthetic that is both traditional and modern.
The movie was shot on location in Suffolk, England, at the real locations that made up the fictional kingdom of Aldovia. The production team sought out real castles, streets, and places to truly to bring the movie to life. This also helped make the story feel more real to viewers.
Release and Reception
A Christmas Prince was released on November 17th, 2017, on Netflix. It received generally positive reviews both from viewers and critics. Audiences praised the movie for its originality and its ability to capture the Christmas spirit. The movie scored 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and 87% of reviewers positively rated the movie on IMDb.
Off the back of the movie’s success, Netflix ordered a sequel, with A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding premiering in 2018. The movie follows the same cast of characters, adding a few new faces to fill out the ensemble.
Marketing and Outreach
Hallmark has opted to take a unique route for promoting A Christmas Prince. While traditional marketing campaigns use trailers and television advertisements, Hallmark has decided to focus on digital channels such as Twitter and Instagram. The movie’s official Twitter account has becoming popular with fans, and the official hashtag #AChristmasPrince is one of the most popular holiday hashtags on Twitter.
Hallmark has also used its official networks, featuring the movie on channels such as Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which are two of the biggest networks within the Hallmark brand.
Additionally, the movie’s official website contains sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes footage, and other materials to get viewers excited about the movie.
A Christmas Prince has become a fan favorite, with viewers praising its originality and charming story. The movie has also been lauded for its ability to subvert the traditional tropes of romance movies, focusing on two unique characters.
The success of A Christmas Prince has prompted Hallmark to create further enchanting holiday stories in the same vein. It has also inspired other streaming services such as Netflix, who have followed suit with similar movies such as The Princess Switch and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.
Reviews and Awards
A Christmas Prince has earned widespread acclaim from viewers, with many praising its ability to capture the Christmas spirit. The movie has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.7/10 score on IMDb. Viewers have described the movie as “enchanting” and “heartwarming”.
The movie has also earned several awards, including the Netflix Audience Awards for “Best Holiday Movie” and “Hottest Movie of the Year”. It has also been nominated for awards such as the International Emmy Awards and the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.
Despite its popularity, A Christmas Prince has also been subject to some criticism. Some viewers have argued that the movie is too clichéd and trite. Others have noted that the movie could have done with more diversity in its cast.
That being said, the movie has proven to be popular with fans. Its huge social media presence and positive reception demonstrate that viewers find the movie refreshing and enjoyable.