It was difficult for me to decide where to begin my review of Watchman Picture’s Princess Cut. A Dove Approved romantic drama that was written and directed by Paul Munger. Not because I didn’t enjoy it. On the contrary, I saw this movie from so many different perspectives. I watched it many times with different eyes.
(Also, because screening a film with an inquisitive 5-year old girl can get entertaining and distracting. I’m amazed that I got through it once.)
You may also look at Princess Cut with a different perspective each time.
I wasn’t sure which one to start with. So, I began with how I saw it when I watched.
At first look with all my jaded-ness and luggage:
I could not understand why the main character, Grace, was so focused on a man and, specifically, marriage. All she wanted to be was a happy homemaker.
However, rewind my life about twenty odd years and I recall sitting in my dorm room poring over Song of Songs in the hopes of finding “my beloved.”
Holding the collection plate as a single guy gave his offering. Each time asking myself, “is this the one?”
So, even in my jaded-ness, I know many a Christian twenty-something would devour this movie. Even those young girls wishing for love that’s not led by the physical attraction. (Included. Just not led.)
At second look. Taking notes as a student of screenwriting:
There were a few moments where I asked myself, “why was this placed here?” The main character’s opening soliloquy was such a moment.
I’m not sure what that was meant to set up except to get the comment that something was missing from her country life. Personally, I would have wrapped the film with another soliloquy. Give the film some quotation marks and a period – so to speak.
And while someone may argue the voiceover of an emailed message is similar, it is not the same. That is a character speaking to another character. It’s not the same as inviting the audience into your point of view.
I loved the naming of many of the characters.
I thought it very apropos that the supporting character, Jared, was introduced to us in a jewelry store.
And the introduction of Nigel Livengood was gold. His is a name straight out of a Charles Dickenson novel. And the character just as caricature-ish.
I. Loved. Him.
I wished I could have seen more of him.
A few discrepancies I noticed in the writing (or maybe the directing). I’ll call them oversights.
- Supporting character, Brooke, wrote down East Bend Family Clinic when she made an inquiry call. But when she neared the end of her search, she seemed to know nothing about East Bend. “East Bend did you say?”
- After the worst night of her life, the main character, Grace, walks out of the building. No one seems to notice or even care that her heart has just been pummeled.
- Being host to an 18-hole, championship disc golf course in Costa Rica, hearing the words “frisbee golf” took me off guard. I was under the impression that term was no longer used. (I was consistently reminded they are not frisbees.)
Keep in mind, I was taking notes and having studied screenwriting, these things jumped out at me.
Nevertheless, it was not blatant enough to hinder the flow or plot of the film.
At third look as a native North Carolinian:
I was so thrilled to hear names of places that I not only am familiar with but actually grew up in. For that reason alone, I would recommend the film to a college-aged girl in Carolina.
At fourth look as a parent:
I was impressed with the openness and honesty within the Anderson household. I think it is something that every household – not just Christian – should strive toward.
At fifth look as a spouse:
Granted (heh), this may belong in the JADED section. However, I noticed a palpable lack of physical affection between Mr. and Mrs. Anderson.
Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t looking for the smootchity-smooch. But, I would have liked to see some obvious hand holding or hugging between them.
There was a particular moment where Mrs. Anderson touched her husband’s face. Now, a major show of affection would have ruined the moment for me. Yet, I found myself wanting her to reach for his hand (or he look deeply in her eyes) before she said, “Duty calls.” And walked away.
Again though, the lack of something I wanted did not deter from the films overall plot.
So, even with the discrepancies (oversights) and my hunger for a little more realness, I believe the message of this movie came through.
“True love is worth waiting for.”
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