Red, White & Royal Blue (2023)

Rating ⭐️ 7.0/10
Genre Comedy . Romance
Runtime 2h 1m
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Red, White & Royal Blue (2023)  – After the altercation between Alex, the president’s son, and Prince Henry of England at a royal event became tabloid fodder, their long-standing feud now threatens to cause a rift in the US/UK relationship. As the rival parties are forced into a ceasefire, their cold relationship begins to thaw, and the disputes between them trigger something deeper than they expected.

For many viewers, there is something charmingly synthetic about the Amazon Red, White, and Royal Blue romantic comedy film, another film aiming to demonstrate that gay love stories can be as profound and sweet as heterosexual ones. Its extraordinary gentleness is significant, a sign of genuine representation, yet the faintly admirable intention only makes this film thus far a potential victory but a loss for those expecting something better than a Hallmark movie.

The slow increase in gay stories catering to a broader audience has given us some widely loved films, standout movies like Love, Simon, Bros, and Happiest Season, emphasizing the importance and joy of watching same-sex romances on a larger screen outside of the arthouse niche.

However, this highly anticipated adaptation of fan-favorite Casey McQuiston’s novel is more akin to last year’s beige weepie Spoiler Alert and the recent wave of oddly made-for-TV or streamer Christmas movies like Single All the Way and The Christmas Setup, which are bland book-to-screen translations. It’s not always a problem in the romance genre, but here, it’s never done with enough enthusiasm or emotion for us to invest more than fleeting dual-screen interest—a film plane that never quite takes off.

This is the love story of what happens when Prince Henry of England (Nicholas Galitzine) and Alex (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the son of the US president (Uma Thurman, delivering the wildest Southern accent since Sienna Miller tackled Tennessee Williams), go from hating each other to falling into desire and then in love.

While the obstacles prevent them from being public, hitting every expected beat but never more than a light tap, the peaks of romance are never quite high enough, and the melodramatic lows never truly plummet as low as they should.