Princess Ka'iulani (2010)
Critic Consensus: A middling biopic about an important figure in Hawaiian history, Princes Kaiulani looks and feels like a TV movie of the week and offers about as much insight.
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Critic Reviews for Princess Ka'iulani
There are too many swooping violins, too many trite generalizations, too few moments that throw a light on history and turn it into art.
As the doomed princess, Q'orianka Kilcher ... has imperially striking features but limited acting skills.
An uneven film that, by trying to satisfy parents with political drama and older children with a love story, leaves both parties wanting.
Watching Princess Kaiulani, you're not sure whether to weep for the title character or the actress playing her.
Kilcher is lovely. But sadly, Ka'iulani is a perfunctory biopic of the sort one might encounter on television during Women's History Month.
Audience Reviews for Princess Ka'iulani
I never turn off a movie, and I turned this one off. The first half-hour was excruciating, cramming all kinds of backstory into some of the deadest dialogue I've ever heard, and I just couldn't get past it. [Rating on full viewing pending... unlikely to ever be achieved.]
A great film telling you the history of Hawaii. This film brought to light much of what I have never known. And like the natives of America, the natives of Hawaii succumbed to greed and white rule. Ensure that you read post subtitles telling you what happen to the princess. This is well worth the watch on one of those alone nights when your not sure of the mood your in or what you want to watch. 4 stars
Any movie that helps educate folks about the overthrow of Hawai'i is useful. The production values are good, as is the acting. But it devotes far too little time to the political and social upheavals of the times, and far too much to a love story that has questionable historical accuracy; even if it had happened that way, there's no good reason to make a movie about it. The documentary special feature tacked on is more accurate and more interesting.
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