Today we’re talking about the 2020 film Secret Society of Second-Born Royals.
An interesting mix of Kingsman and Sky High with very little original content. It’s fun but neither complex or original. I called the twists way before I should have and felt disappointed rather than proud that I did.
It also suffered from excess world building, making it feel like a pilot episode rather than a movie.
The characters were pretty much a mixture of superhero and high school stereotypes but they were very well played. The actors made some awkward character arcs seem more believable than they should have.
Neither bad nor memorable, the dialogue was passable. There were a few standout moments between the kids and the narrator/teacher and a great scene between the main character and her future queen sister.
Visuals and Music
The special effects were okay, but the scenery was great. The camera angles and cinematography were good but not great.
The music was mostly pretty bland until there was someone playing on screen, then it was great. A weird mixture of styles and feels like they’d originally made this a musical and then changed their minds but couldn’t let go of some of the music.
I enjoyed myself and liked watching the characters develop, but it wasn’t gripping.
Bogged down by world building and a derivative script, the movie felt like its goal was to set up the characters and world for a TV show. Nothing about it was terrible, but it wasn’t very good. I’d watch it again for the rock music and impressive actors.
Final Score: 2 Stars out of 5