88 Min | Comedy – Drama – Family | June 2009
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Director: Allison Liddi-Brown
Starring: Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Nicholas Braun
Princess Protection Program Review: A thing that most DC movies have in common that they’re pretty soulless. They seem like they’re all the same, with mediocre acting, predictable story lines and squeaky clean love subplots. Their films has rarely soul and emotion (even though one shouldn’t take for granted that the theatrical released films has heart and emotion, cause that isn’t always the case either). But Princess ‘Protection Program’ was quite cute and enjoyable. The story is a little cheesy, but still works pretty well and the high school cliches during ‘Protection Program’ doesn’t feel worn out. The cinematography by David A. Makin is quite lovely, making the locations look beautiful and the score by John Van Tongeren is also good. And most of the songs are catchy.
Disney has casted two of their up-and-coming stars to the main roles (the replacements of Miley Cyrus, if you will). Selena Gomez as Carter and Demi Lovato as Princess Rosalinda. Their interaction and friendship on the screen is credible, without being overdone. They both pull of their roles pretty well. Of course since this is a DC movie you can’t expect a profound acting, but none of the performances feels overacted. Demi Lovato has improved since ‘Camp Rock’ and has never looked more beautiful than in ‘Protection Program’, with her rose-red lips and stunning dresses. She struggles a bit with timing on her emotional moments, but still carries her Princess role with grace and dignity. While Selena, which is wonderful as Alex in ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’, fits the role of a tomboy surprisingly well (I had never pictured her as a tomboy). Of the adult cast, Tom Verica has good charisma as Carter’s father.
‘Protection Program’ was enjoyable, but the only thing that disappoint, just like another reviewer on this site pointed out, was the ending, which could been more suspenseful, cause it was leading to an thrilling climax. Otherwise, I highly recommend ‘Princess Protection Program’. The film may not be innovative or Oscar-worthy, but has the mayor ingredient that most DC films lack, heart and soul. Please make more movies like this, Disney.