As you may have established in every Blogmas post I’ve done so far, I love Christmas. However, surprisingly, I’m not a fan of Christmas movies. Music, food, tacky jumpers… All up my street. But there’s something about Christmas movies that just rubs me up the wrong way… The most Christmassy my movies get this time of year is Mean Girls… Yes. Because of that one jingle bell rock scene, I consider Mean Girls a Christmas movie (Also I’m pretty sure the first time I ever watched it was Christmas). However, I will stan High School Musical until the day that I die. And Vanessa Hudgens was in a Netflix Christmas movie. So naturally, I had to watch The Princess Switch.
In classic Parent Trap style, Vanessa Hudgens, playing a humble Chicago baker, travels to Belgravia with her hot best friend for a baking competition. Whilst there, she runs into the dutchess, who is engaged to be married to the prince of Belgravia and – surprise, surprise – looks exactly like her. They switch places, cliche shenanigans and love stories ensue, and of course, we have a happy ending.
I won’t lie, it wasn’t a terrible movie. In fact, I found myself enjoying the cheesiness of it all. Plus, I was surprised to find out that Sam Palladio stars in it, and I briefly loved him in Nashville. Honestly, as far as Christmas movies go, I could see myself watching this under a blanket with some hot chocolate. However, there were still many a thing that got to me during the movie. I was going to record my commentary on Twitter, but then I thought, hey – I haven’t got a Blogmas Day 4 post yet, so why not record it on there? Therefore, enjoy my top thoughts during The Princess Switch…
I spent a good 5 minutes watching him talk and thinking “Where do I know this guy from?” His face looked similar, his smile was recogniseable, but his British accent entirely threw me off. After a while it really started to annoy me, so I had to IMDB him and omg he was the guy from Nashville?!
I understand that they needed an accent to distinguish American Vanessa from other Vanessa. And I know that American’s seem to think British accents are posh… But logically, she probably shouldn’t have been British. I won’t lie though, Vanessa did a pretty good accent, would give it a solid 7.5/10. A couple of words were wrong and annoyed me, but it was fine… I got over it.
I’ll admit, it looked better once she put some curl in it. However, I was not a fan of the short haircut. I understand that it’s easier to cut someone’s hair than to grow the other persons… But she looked so much better with the long hair, it hurt me a little. Maybe I’m just hanging on to my High School Musical Vanessa a little too much.
Everyone always does cute scenes with guitars. As a piano player, this scene made me incredibly happy. Someone come play the chords for me while I play the other bit please.
I guess every typical cheesy movie must have an antagonist? However, this one was completely unneeded. To start with, she probably had 3 lines in the whole film? And then a couple of scenes where she scowled at Vanessa from a distance? Then her little “stunt” at the end again, never really made a difference? They panicked for a second, had no real issues, and then continued to win the competition? She was the most irrelevant antagonist I’ve seen in a while. There was literally no need for her to be in the movie.
That one scene when Vanessa/Stacey/Margaret was reading to the children and told the little girl that “Anyone can be a princess in their heart” took me back to Princess Diaries. Did it remind anyone else of that one scene where Mia Thermopolis stops the parade and lets the little girl walk with her? I don’t know, it can’t just be me.
I haven’t seen last years big movie: The Christmas Prince. However, I did see everyone and their mum talking about it online last year. I, therefore, could still appreciate the shameless metatheatrical plug, as Vanessa and her cute cook cuddled on the sofa and watched it on Netflix. Also, her and her own fancy prince bonded over their ability to quote the movie towards the beginning of the film. I get it, Netflix, The Christmas Prince brings couples together.
This whole storyline was not only pointless and made no difference, but logically made no sense. The ginger girl snuck in the night before and snipped the wires… and yet not a single member of the crew checked all the machines on filming day?! That seems like a simple step. I say, this level of unprofessionalism would not happen on Bakeoff.
Furthermore, if you’re in the middle of a competition and the wire to your machine doesn’t work, would you not tell someone?! Whether you’ve been sabotaged or not, a quick “Our machine wasn’t working” would have gone a a long way. Especially after that one judge told them their berries weren’t smooth enough… Of course they weren’t smooth enough they had a bad machine. Gosh.
I don’t know, the ending seemed really rushed. I needed to know more. Who moved where? Does Stacey live in Belgravia now? Is the bakery still happening in Chicago with the hot guy chef? Is Margaret being a mother to Olivia? So many unanswered questions. Maybe they could have gone full rom-com and had a cheesy little montage of all their cute happy couple moments at the end.
Have you seen The Christmas Switch yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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