Secret Society of Second Born Royals (2020) Review

Rough mental health week, plus nothing new on at my local Cineworld equals me curling up on a Saturday morning for some pure Disney Fun.  I hope.

Certificate: U

Director: Anna Mastro

Screenwriter: Alex Litvak, Andrew Green

Starring: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Niles Fitch, Isabella Blake-Thomas

Genre: Action, Adventure

Runtime: 99 Minutes

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Meet Sam, a second born royal daughter. She is not your typical royal and doesn’t really fit into this world.  After being sent to summer school by her mother, The Queen Sam learns it is a ruse; she and the other students learn they have super powers and are there to train to become part of the Secret Society of Second Born Royals…Can they learn to use their powers to save their kingdoms? – From Disney+

Anyone who has seen even one Disney Channel Original movie is going to know exactly what they are getting here.  It’s cheesy, the dialogue is a little clunky, it carries a good heart-warming message about friendship and teamwork, and everyone will always live happily ever after.  So, if you want a film that will keep your youngsters entertained for a few hours this weekend, then this one is a great pick.  It embodies everything Disney is about in one neat package complete with Princes and Princesses.  But as a film, and especially compared to some of the other Disney Channel films we have seen this one falls a little far from the mark.

One or two smaller familiar faces including Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Elodie Yung (Daredevil) both of whom seem a bit too good to be in a film like this, but hey, whatever pays the bills right now, I guess.  The younger actors who play our main characters are rather good considering the eye rollingly cheesy dialogue they have to deliver and the stereotypical characters that they have to embody.  I expect to see a few of them popping up in other Disney projects and probably a sequel to this story if the ending is anything to go by.

The plot is pretty standard fare.  You see the plot twist coming a mile away and all films with this kind of story follow the same basic formula, so nothing is going to happen that is going to be too surprising.  I am surprised that there was not a bigger focus on Sam’s relationship with her sister as that plays quite a large part in her personality, but we really only get one brief scene where she interacts with her properly at all.

This is standard Disney all over and if you like that kind of twee, fluffy adventure story then this will be right up your street.  I can take it in small doses, so this will probably suffice for me for a month or so.  But if you want to check it out for yourself, or if you are planning a family movie night, ‘Secret Society of Second Born Royals’ is streaming now on Disney+.

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