December 7, 2021

Netflix’s Christmas Queen Vanessa Hudgens Shamelessly Rips Off Emma Stone’s Cruella in ‘The Princess Swap 3’

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This week, Netflix’s unequalled queen of Christmas, Vanessa Hudgens, is donning her tiara as soon as once more within the third installment of the Princess Swap collection. I’m simply going to go forward and reply the query on all people’s thoughts proper off the bat: No, Vanessa Hudgens doesn’t play a fourth character in The Princess Swap 3: Romancing the Star.

When you’re unfamiliar with the Princess Switch saga, all you really want to know is that Vanessa Hudgens performs a number of characters who’re royal both by delivery or marriage and dwell in a fictional Christmas-obsessed kingdom. The assorted Vanessas swap locations on a regular basis, a lot to the annoyance and confusion of their respective handsome husbands. Regardless that they’re equivalent (you already know, since they’re performed by the identical actor), they’re not sisters, as a result of that will make an excessive amount of sense, however distant cousins.

The most recent sequel is a staggering, pointless one hour and 45 minutes lengthy (which isn’t that lengthy for a standard film, however is borderline insufferable on the planet of Christmas-themed romcoms). Actually the one purpose to look at the entire movie is the unstated promise of seeing 4 totally different Vanessa Hudgenses on display screen without delay, ideally all in numerous wigs and doing totally different accents. I stored ready for the second to come back, pausing to examine how a lot time was left to squeeze in a giant reveal through which somebody turns round (maybe a redhead this time?) and—bam!—it’s the Excessive Faculty Musical alum. One other equivalent fourth cousin! This time she’s Russian! The creators of this godforsaken collection had one job.

As an alternative, we get a meandering plot involving a priceless Christmas tree topper, rumored to have as soon as belonged to Saint Nicholas himself and priority-shipped to the fictional nation of Montenaro straight from the Vatican for a world vacation pageant.

The so-called “Star of Peace” is clearly stolen inside the first seven minutes of the film, so Margaret (British Vanessa) and Stacy (Chicago White Sox fan Vanessa) enlist the assistance of their conniving cousin Fiona (evil blonde Vanessa), who’s fulfilling a group service sentence at a convent after making an attempt to stage a coup within the final movie. At the least, I’m fairly positive that’s what occurred. For a full 45 minutes, I used to be optimistic that they’d recast a number of main characters, solely to substantiate on IMDb that the man on my TV was in truth the identical Prince Edward I’ve seen earlier than in two different films. That ought to let you know the whole lot that you must find out about my Princess Swap plot retention from 12 months to 12 months.

As Fiona, Hudgens does her greatest impression of Emma Stone playing Cruella de Vil. Or perhaps—and I actually suppose I may be onto one thing right here—Stone modeled her efficiency in Disney’s 101 Dalmations spin-off on Hudgens’s charismatic but devastatingly underappreciated flip in The Princess Swap 2: Switched Once more. The latter did come out first, in any case.

Of the legal plot to steal again the Star of Peace, evil blonde Vanessa drawls in an affected accent, “Feels like a gasoline!”

Regardless, the Princess Swap crew completely noticed Cruella over the summer time and drew, ahem, heavy inspiration. Of the legal plot to steal again the Star of Peace, evil blonde Vanessa drawls in an affected accent, “Feels like a gasoline!” The colour palette of her wardrobe consists completely of black, white, and pink. She has two bumbling minions who, as I’ve pointed out prior to now, resemble Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. In each scene, she is carrying a distinct ostentatious headpiece, and her white-blonde wig from the final movie now options darkish black roots. At one level she really threatens to show a noticed Nice Dane right into a fur coat. You truthfully must respect the audacity of such a blatant rip-off.

Simply once I worry that Princess Swap 3: Romancing the Star is taking itself too critically by denying viewers the absurd pleasure of introducing one other Vanessa Hudgens character, there’s a meticulously choreographed tango between British Vanessa and evil blonde Vanessa. Or a much-too lengthy scene through which two characters seductively shimmy round laser beams to keep away from triggering a safety alarm. Or the tacky Christmas-film traditional—some lingering digital camera work and emotional music meant to suggest {that a} random, kindly outdated white dude may be Santa Claus in disguise.

Nonetheless, it was a missed alternative to tease the reveal of Fiona’s absentee mom, all the time barely out of body in flashbacks, just for her to be an precise older British woman and never Vanessa Hudgens in make-up. For sure, I anticipated extra from the streaming service that sprung for CGI know-how to de-age Robert de Niro in The Irishman. Is it an excessive amount of to ask to present Vanessa Hudgens just a few prosthetic wrinkles, as a Christmas deal with?

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