The Princess’s Vain Requiem for the Girlboss

The Princess is an action movie whose premise achieves such deranged

heights of cynical pandering that screenwriters Ben Lustig and Jake

Thornton must have exchanged windmill high fives after coming up with it.

Its main character, played by Joey King, is the daughter of the king (Ed

Stoppard) in a fairy tale-esque kingdom that seems to consist mainly of a

tower overlooking the sea. When she turns down the marriage arranged

between her and a lord named Julius (Dominic Cooper), Julius decides to

change her mind by force, seizing the castle and taking the royals captive. But the Princess, who’s never given a name beside that,

has been conveniently trained in martial arts, and rather than being dragged in chains to the altar