Based on the Casey McQuiston Novel of the same name, this story focuses on Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son of the president of the United States and his rivalry with the young prince, Henry. After causing a major uproar at the older Prince’s Brother’s wedding, the two are forced to avoid a National incident by up-playing their non existent friendship with a goodwill visit to the UK. Their rivalry soon turns into a forced friendship and then blossoms into something even more. The two try to keep their relationship a secret despite their highly public lives amid his mother’s re-election campaign as the first female President.
Red, White and Royal Blue is a gay The Princess Diaries. Technically there are two Princes: Henry (Nicholas Galitzine), an heir to the British Throne and Alex (Taylor Zachar Perez) the son of the first female President of the United States (Uma Thurman).
The film is a delight that gives the fans of romantic comedy everything they ask for- and does it with stylishness and perfection. They’re is nothing new going on but the gender swap. The exquisite execution makes it a winner and seem new.
Royal Blue is a pretty faithful adaptation of its Casey McQuison source novel. McQuison is a producer— faithfulness in plot, tone and characters is pretty much assured.
Matthew Lopez, the director, imbues the getting to know you- falling in love scenes with the awkward thrill of love’s realization blooming in each lover’s mind and heart. Lopez takes the now common text bubble messaging to a new heightened audience appeal by having us witness the exchanges in a real time split screen. Lopez makes you privy to every giggly moment.
The sex is never salacious but tender and romantic— and cut up and modest as in any hetero normal comedy. The female audience can easily imagine the gay lovers as heterosexual. Since the two are beyond hunky in looks and build there might be some bodice ripping imaginings too. Good looks and charisma between the two go a long way towards making this all work. Their love becomes an audience bonbon.
Red, White and Royal Blue gets a 3.5 out of 5 or a B+. It’s streaming on Amazon Prime video.
- Matthew Lopez
- Ted Malawer
- Taylor Zakhar Perez
- Nicholas Galitzine
- Clifton Collins Jr.
- Sarah Shahi
- Rachel Hilson
- Stephen Fry
- Uma Thurman
- Kristina Hetherington
- July 22, 2023(BFI IMAX)
- August 11, 2023