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Prince & Me 4: Elephant Adventure

1 rating: 5.0
Comedy movie directed by Catherine Cyran

One year after their royal wedding, King Edvard and Queen Paige of Denmark receive an invitation to attend the wedding of Princess Myra of Sangyoon. Upon their arrival, Paige finds Myra is unhappy with her arranged marriage to the brooding and sinister … see full wiki

Director: Catherine Cyran
Genre: Comedy
1 review about Prince & Me 4: Elephant Adventure

A big improvement over the last ones

  • Mar 24, 2010
Rating:
+5
I haven't been crazy about the past "Prince and Me" movies, partly because the acting was weak and they had corny plotlines. I particularly was disappointed with Prince and Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon, so I wasn't sure what to expect with the fourth installment in the series.

Fortunately, Prince & Me 4: Elephant Adventure is far superior to its predecessors. I don't what changed - the director and main actors are all the same - but it's an almost entirely different film. In Prince & Me 4: Elephant Adventure, Edvard, Paige, and Soren go to the Kingdom of Sangyoon to attend a royal wedding. However, en route, they uncover a love affair, lose an elephant, and save a hill tribe. The plot was both action-packed and emotionally engaging - something to satisfy the boys and girls.

Chris Gere (King Edvard) and Kam Heskin (Queen Paige) will never be my favorite actors, but they seem to have really found themselves in this movie. They're funny, energetic, and confident. Ben Miller as Soren has also morphed from a boring government advisor to a comedic sidekick. He easily had some of the best lines in the movie. The new Asian characters, from Princess Myra to the combative Rayen, are also lively and add to the movie.

The Prince & Me 4: Elephant Adventure's production quality is also a lot better. There's no cheap ski cabins and grainy shots of animals as in Prince and Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon. For the scenes in Sangyoon (which is loosely based on Burma, but mixes several Southeast Asian cultures), the cast and crew actually went to Thailand. The sets for the palace buildings are impressive, considering that they were probably built from scratch. Best of all were the jungle scenes, filmed in rainforests. The movie also has a lot of animals, including elephants and orangutans.*

Even if you were disappointed with the past "Prince & Me" movies, I do suggest you give this one a try. It makes the previous "Prince & Me" movies look amateurish. Highly recommended for families and couples who want to watch a romantic comedy, mixed with a bit of adventure.

* There is a brief scene in the movie when Paige rides an elephant. I wanted to make sure viewers are aware that elephants often go through horrible rituals in order to domesticate them. Therefore, if you go to Asia, you should avoid riding elephants and not support such practices. However, despite the DVD box cover, the elephant-riding scene in Prince & Me 4: Elephant Adventure is short - only a few seconds - so I guess the movie directors realized they shouldn't try to promote elephant-riding.

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