Thursday, December 23, 2021

[DVD Review] - The Spanish Princess: Part 2

Philippa Gregory is one biggest names in the historical fiction game. She has written nearly fifty novels, including The White Queen and The White Princess. These two novels got adapted into STARZ miniseries in 2013 and 2017. STARZ adapted The Constant Princess and The King's Curse into the limited series The Spanish Princess. Part 1, consisting of eight episodes, aired in 2019, and Part 2, consisting of eight more episodes, aired in late 2020.  

Lionsgate Home Entertainment released The Spanish Princess: Part 2 to DVD on July 20, 2021. It's a barebones two-disc release with no special features or bonus extras of any kind. 

Final Thoughts

I disliked The Spanish Princess: Part 1 for many reasons. My main issue is with the lead actress Charlotte Hope, who cannot act. Her portrayal of Catherine of Aragon is godawful. Another miscast is Ruairi O'Connor (The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It), who plays King Henry VIII. The actor is in his early 30's, but he looks like a teenager, and like Hope, he can barely read his lines. I was hoping for a cast overhaul for Part 2, but the genie didn't grant my wish.  

The first of Part 2 is dreadful to get through. The writing is all over the place, the cast overacts, and the costumes are too cosplay for me to take this series seriously. The story gets better in the last half, held together by Georgie Henley's performance as Margaret Tudor. 

Overall, The Spanish Princess: Part 2 should have never been made after the horrible Part 1 (Season One). It's slightly better than Part 1, but not by much. I recommend skipping the television series and reading Philippa Gregory's novels instead.

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