Plot-wise, this was a garden-variety example of the royal/commoner romance plot. Danica McKellar is a new author with one successful novel who is being pressured to submit her second romance novel per her contract. Predictably she has writer’s block and is given the opportunity to be a caretaker at a remote lodge in the mountains to write in some peace and quiet. No, it’s not haunted and she doesn’t turn into a homicidal maniac. Sorry to disappoint. It’s a teeny-tiny little lodge (or very large cabin), hardly The Overlook Hotel or a “Winter Palace” per the rendering on the poster. The owners are European and haven’t been there for years. All she has to do is knock the icicles off the eaves, take care of the furnace, and find her inspiration to honor her contract. The owner shows up unexpectedly and it’s a prince with his two minions.
This was watchable thanks to Neal Bledsoe who played the prince. He was very attractive and had a lot of charisma. He also had a personality, starting off snooty and entitled and loosening up slowly but surely while becoming enamored of Danica. The two actors had a nice rapport going throughout. Danica was not bad in this one. Despite the usual, and I do mean usual, roadblocks, it all proceeds to a happy ending and I liked the resolution to the “how can an American romance novelist find happiness with a Concordian King” dilemma.
January 25, 2022
2 thoughts on “The Winter Palace”
I’m going to give this movie a shot in spite of multiple reservations(it’s not you, it’s the subject matter;-) because I wanted to slip this in. Masterful job of coloring more photographs than I ever dreamed were available. The whole affair has always made me sick at my stomach and I’m sure it does you too. Brilliant job.
Oh my God it’s even worse than I anticipated. At least I’ve encountered one of my favorite royal tropes twice already…..the “shed-ule” 🙂 Now I’m hate watching. So clownish. I mean that’s okay, I’m sure 4th graders everywhere are screaming with delight, but why do they proudly dumb these things down???