The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement: Directed by Garry Marshall. With Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo, John Rhys-Davies. Now settled in Genovia, Princess Mia faces a new revelation: she is being primed for an arranged marriage to an English suitor.

Finally, after sitting through nearly the entire movie, I get what I spent money to see: a very typical Stan Lee cameo that had absolutely no reason to be in this fairly well made “fish out of water learning to be a new princess” movie. From my brief internet sleuthing, looks like the late Garry Marshall and Stan Lee both went to the same school at one point, Marshall was actively talking to Lee about adopting some Marvel IP to movies and asked Lee to do a quick cameo, which Lee jumped at, as he loved doing them. So that’s why I’m here, the Stan Lee cameo, but I’m happy to see the rest of the movie was just as good as the first one, with the vast majority of the first film’s cast returning for Princess shenanigans, this time in the far away made up country and not in the US. It works on nearly every aspect, with the exception of Chris Pine’s hair, but which is just too much. It’s too long, it’s too brown, it’s just not right. I fell in love with the guy as a blonde Kirk with a short cut, so anything other than that is just weird.

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