When it comes to royal romances, they don’t get much more fairy-tale than this version of Cinderella.
Fit for a Prince (2021) Hallmark TV Film Review
Working hard is part of what Cindy Cordella (Natalie Hall) hopes will propel her to one day be her own boss. For now she overextends herself and works hard as a seamstress for Rebecca Raslyn, designer to the wealthy and famous. Rebeccas’s work will, most lately, be used by the wealthy Hamilton family and as it turns out, on Prince Ronan (Jonathan Keltz), too.
When more work comes in on a limited time frame – everything must be ready for the grand ball! – Cindy is the one does all of the work, and even the dress designs. In between her stiches and fabric choices, she forms an unexpected bond with Roland, little knowing how important a role his friendship may be.
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Lately it’s been the Hallmark premieres I don’t expect to love that surprise me. Fit for a Prince falls neatly into this same box. I didn’t anticipate being “wowed” by the film despite loving the royal romance genre, however I think this may be one of their better in a while. It’s full of tropes which I think is something the writer’s play up more to create a kind of modern fairy tale atmosphere, but it’s also pretty sweet, too.
This is, essentially, a re-telling of Cinderella, which I didn’t realize. It’s got all of the normal characters, and even turns a stepsister into a kind of fairy godmother. But more than just the cast, this features iconic scenes like making Cindy feel unimportant or the dramatic moment when the dress (or as is the case here, dresses) is ruined. It’s all accomplished quite well and make me smile to see so many familiar elements seamlessly applied.
If you like any of the network’s earlier royal films or just in general what this channel puts out every week, you’ll enjoy Fit for a Prince. It’s got the fun factor and everything, of course, leads to a happily ever after.
Content: nothing to note. This is typical Hallmark TV-G fare.
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