“A fairy takes on human form and enters the life of a widowed children’s book author and his daughter.”– Anonymous, IMDB.
Also known as Dazzle, The Fairy Princess: Secret of the Crystal stars Maxwell Caulfield, notable for his role as Michael in the musical Grease 2. Chantelle Standler, who plays the titular fairy, went on to star in the movie Hooded Angels, in which “A gang of women wreak vengeance upon the society that failed them”. Jeff Fahey, who appears in the film as the villainous ‘Collector’, went on to play the character Frank Lapidus in the TV series Lost’. Director David Lister, also directed the films Killer Instinct, Malibu Shark Attack, and Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale, which is an R-rated retelling of the story set in viking times.
Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below)…
So I’ll fully admit, my glee with finding this movie was mostly centered around seeing what Maxwell Caulfield was doing post-Grease 2 (Which was a staple at every slumber party I went to as a kid, that and Bring it On).
This is another movie in the ‘actually not too bad’ category. In fact, the group I showed this movie too actually got fairly invested in it. I think the entertainment that is gleaned from this one is mostly from the delightful cheesiness of it all.
One scene that stands out to me is when Maxwell Caulfield’s character is visited by his daughter’s school teacher, who is concerned about his daughter’s unflappable belief in fairies and how it’s affecting her science grade. Maxwell’s character just so happens to be a best-selling novelist who’s works focuses on fairies, so his home is totally littered with fairy memorabilia. It’s one of those great moments that can only exist in film, because a real person would probably just explain the situation right off the bat. No harm, no foul. Instead, we’re treated to Maxwell spending the scene awkwardly trying to hide all traces of the fairy stuff while struggling to maintain a conversation with his daughter’s teacher.
As a side note, the pay-off for the teacher finding out that Maxwell is a successful author is seeing her be a kinda creepy stalker to him, so heads up for that one as it’s the one bit in this otherwise silly movie that I find a bit unpleasant.
Oh, I should fully admit by the way, there is no actual Princess in this movie. There is a fairy, but if she’s a princess it never comes up in the plot proper. My assumption is that the original name ‘Dazzle’ just wasn’t drawing a crowd, so they re-named the film to try and appeal to a different market.
My recommendation is that you check out The Fairy Princess: Secret of the Crystal and revel in all the light-hearted cheesiness this movie has to offer.