William & Kate: The Movie
May 3, 2011
In November 2010, Prince William, second in line to the English throne behind his father, the Prince of Wales, and son of the laudable sadly deceased Princess Diana, announced his engagement to Catherine Middleton. They met when both were undergraduates at St Andrew’s University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since Prince William’s birth, the young man has shouldered the responsibility of a life of preordained public duty and a golden child media tag by a waiting world expecting him to herald in a new age of modern British monarchy.
Now, we have lived through the hype and witnessed the feast for the eyes presented by the glorious pageantry of the global phenomenon that became their wedding day. The segment of their love story portrayed in this movie is their blissful University days and subsequent struggles for their relationship to survive once they left the heady tomfoolery of student life behind them. Much of the movie gives us a rather shallow insight in to the privileged and cosseted world of Hooray Henrys and Henriettas at work and play.
Now that the experience is over and their married life has already begun in real terms, William & Kate: The Movie does somewhat pale in to insignificance compared to the real thing and after the back to back media bombardment. We perhaps all now have our own interpretations about what really happened and don’t really need a schmaltzy film version to re-cover old ground.
The atmosphere that William & Kate: The Movie does evoke well is the claustrophobic media pressure suffered by Kate Middleton and her family after the relationship became public. Their steely determination to stand by their man as they battle to adapt to the intrusion that is anything other than ordinary sharply contrasts with the weary acceptance of Prince William and his father.
The question remains – Does this movie provide satisfying fodder for even the most ardent of royal watchers? When witnessing the final scene against a backdrop of a breathtaking African sunset, the conclusion is that no fresh insights are offered, but it is a very topical and entertaining way for romantics and royalists alike to indulge their beliefs in the enduring power of love and happy endings.