“King Edvard and Queen Paige fly to fictional Sangyoon for the arranged wedding of Princess Myra, who loves instead an humble boy. Eddie and Paige help, but they encounter problems and a royal elephant; still, though, true love prevails.”– Anonymous, IMDB.
The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure, is the final installment in the Prince & Me series (As of 2018), and retains the main actors from the previous film. Likewise, Blayne Weaver and Catherine Cyran continue to write and direct the series. The song featured at the end of the film, “Someone I Can Love”, was produced and co-written by John Dang. It was recorded in February of 2009, and was John Dang’s first feature film song. More of his music can be viewed on his Youtube page, JohnDangMusic.
Some thoughts from me…
Back when I covered the original The Prince & Me movie, I mentioned how I hoped that the series would get progressively worse and worse as it went on, which to me usually means they get funnier and funnier. While the 3rd movie wasn’t as funny as I hoped, The Prince & Me 4 for made up for it in spades.
The Prince & Me 4 takes the whole ‘Royals going on wacky adventures’ thing that was established in the previous film and dials it up to 11. To spoil things a bit, Paige and Eddie find themselves having to trek through the jungle… rather, they volunteer themselves for a jungle trek. One that they’re warned multiple times could be potentially dangerous for the untrained, such as themselves. They of course brush all these warnings off, and even go so far as to dramatically ditch their security entourage, treating the situation like a big joke. And of course, they find that they bit off more than they can chew (Though of course, they come out on top, as always).
One thing that makes me laugh super hard throughout this film is the villain, Kah, the arranged fiance to Princess Myra. There is literally no moment in the film where Kah isn’t being a huge, raging jerk. Anytime he enters the scene, every character looks immediately uncomfortable around him, regardless of whether they’ve been introduced to him before. It’s like his jerkishness has formed a cloud around him that no one can see, but everyone can smell. I sort of appreciate that they didn’t attempt to fool us into thinking Kah is a nice, or even passable guy. We’re spared a dramatic reveal of his true nature, and instead the movie gives more time to the jungle shenanigans of Paige and Eddie. At the same time, he’s so transparently evil that you spend the entire film impatiently waiting for him to receive his comeuppance. I think they were trying to build tension, but it comes off as more annoying than anything.
Thankfully, even though there are some annoying moments to this one, overall it’s a really enjoyable watch. I’d definitely check this one out!
Just to note: It seems like region 1 copies of this DVD might be a bit hard to track down. If you’re able to, a region 2 DVD might be easier (and cheaper) to get a hold off, just remember that you’ll have to find an alternative way to play it if you’re in North America.
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