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Nutshell Review: The King's Daughter

PG Score: 2/10

The King's Daughter was released in theaters on 1/21/22


Plot


The King’s Daughter is a truly terrible excuse for a film. Even going in with bottom of the barrel expectations, this miserable attempt at moviemaking manages to sink below. The frail plot involves the selfish King Louis XIV (Pierce Brosnan, who was in desperate need of both a paycheck and a Ken doll makeover, judging by his appearance), a priest who is glued to his side for every minute of every day from the moment he wakes up (William Hurt, who also clearly needed some cash) his illegitimate daughter (Kaya Scodelario), and a mermaid (Bingbing Fan).


A Colossal Mistake


The King’s Daughter was shot in 2014, but the powers that be decided to wait until now to release it. Imagine the most cliché and cringeworthy movie possible. This is worse. What better time than a pandemic to unleash its scourge upon the earth? The only positive is the occasional chuckle at the hilariously misplaced slow-motion shots or brain cell-destroying dialogue. Every single person involved in this abomination should be ashamed of themselves. An empty theater on premiere night was the first of many red flags.


PG Score: 2/10


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