Director: Mike Rohl
Producers: Vanessa Hudgens, Amy Krell, Brad Krevoy, Steven R. McGlothen
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: 19 November 2020
Released In: Netflix
Star Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar, Mark Fleischmann, Suanne Braun, Lachlan Nieboer
The story follows Margaret Delacourt, the Duchess of Montenaro, who suddenly inherits the throne to her home country of Montenaro. As her Christmas coronation approaches, she and Stacy switch places once again so Margaret can fix her relationship with Stacy's friend Kevin. Unbeknownst to both women, a third look-alike, Margaret's wicked cousin Lady Fiona, disguises herself as Margaret in a scheme to steal the throne.
It is a proper modern fairy-tale that has it all - a kidnapping, a coronation, a triple switching up, and finally, a royal wedding. While the two-year wait for a follow-up may have been long, it was worth it. It is not often that a sequel proves to be better than its original part. However, this time it is a pleasant surprise that this sequel is much better than its prequel.
As with every holiday film, this sequel continues to entertain in its own make believe manner, which is what made the first film such a success. The Princess Switch: Switched Again knows the premise is not to be taken seriously and owns that very element, which makes for some fantastic viewing.
At the kickstart of the film, Stacy laments that happily ever after is never easy, especially for a princess.
As the Princess of Belgravia, she understands the struggles, which is why she goes above and beyond to help reconnect Margaret and Kevin, who parted ways roughly six months ago after the former became in line for the throne.
Stacy and Olivia, Kevin’s daughter, aren’t afraid of meddling as they are of the (correct) midset that sometimes, people just need a little nudge in the right direction.
The film takes audiences on a magical adventure that is infused with the Christmas spirit and the belief that love can overcome anything, even a self-serving third doppelganger and potential new love interest.
All of the main players are back for the sequel, as in addition to Hudgens multiple roles Prince Edward, Kevin, Mrs. Donatelli, Olivia, and more join the holiday festivities once more. There is a comforting familiarity from the very first sequence, and while some characters lack a bit of complex notions and depth, but there's a genuine chemistry amongst the cast that reflects.
In fact, those are the best parts of the film. When director Mike Rohl strives to uplift and evolve the relationships of the main four leads, the film successfully is able to preserve the same delightful magic from the original.