Mixing some adventure with a favorite trope, Hallmark uses The Royal Nanny to loosely reinvent one of their favorite and highest rated concepts.
The Royal Nanny (2022) Hallmark TV Film Review
Claire Champion (Rachel Skarsten) is really good at what she does. An MI5 agent, she has a duty to protect and serve. When the agency recovers film that reveals the royal family may be in danger, Claire goes undercover, along with her partner in the royal family. While her partner gets to play extra security to the royal family, Claire has to play nanny to the two children of the princess.
Uncomfortable with this gig, Claire knows nothing about taking care of children. However with the help of Juliet Lansbury (Greta Scacchi), a remarkable lady, and perhaps even the handsome prince, Colin (Dan Jeannotte), Claire may just surprise everyone.
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It’s no secret that Hallmark puts out a number of royal romance movies. Most have taken place at Christmas and featured stars from Lacey Chabert to Sam Hueghan. This one is another Christmas story only it takes a different approach. Instead of the girl meeting a handsome prince, this time around, she’s actually an agent working to protect the royals, including a prince! It makes for a variation while keeping the royal trope intact.
Of course, this means there’s still an element of secrecy, unsurprising for the genre, but what is surprising is this doesn’t blow up to be some sort of how-dare-you moment. This is something that, I cannot lie, I appreciate. The drama of a secret blowing up is never something I’m overly fond of. Beyond this, there’s a little more “adventure” in the story which is fun and the plot plays with the whole Mary Poppins concept which is a nice little nod to arguably the most famous nanny movie in cinematic history.
There’s a little bit of a flaw here and there in that the script or timing or direction isn’t always “smooth.” It’s almost as if there’s dialogue or event that isn’t fully explained. Despite this, the film is fun with a cast that’s good. The usual familial themes remain prominent and while the romance isn’t the best (it isn’t given much time), we still root for a typical happily ever after.
If you enjoy the royal romances from the past or just want a Christmas flick with a tiny bit more excitement, this may be perfect.
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Content: just the usual kiss, some minor “excitement” to take down bad guys and the threat of danger to kids. Again, nothing tense or overdone. The film is TV-G
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