“Red, White & Royal Blue” Transforms Popular Novel into Charming LGBTQ Rom-Com
“Red, White & Royal Blue,” a new Prime Video movie based on a popular novel, has captivated audiences with its charming and heartwarming LGBTQ romantic comedy. Directed by Matthew Lopez and produced by Greg Berlanti, the film tells the story of Alex Claremont-Diaz, a bisexual law student and the “first son” of the United States.
The plot takes an interesting twist when Alex accidentally triggers an international scandal with Prince Henry, a member of the fictional British royal family, by knocking over a $75,000 cake at a royal wedding. To salvage his mother’s re-election bid and mitigate the media crisis, Alex is forced to pretend that he and Henry are best friends.
As Alex and Henry navigate the intricacies of their fabricated friendship, sparks begin to fly between them. However, their relationship must remain a secret due to the pressures of their public figures and Henry’s fear of coming out. The movie cleverly handles their hidden romance through phone calls and text messages, adding an inventive element to the storytelling.
Standout performances are delivered by Taylor Zakhar Perez and Nicholas Galitzine, who bring Alex and Henry to life on the screen. However, the movie is not without its faults. Some viewers have criticized its shallow exploration of politics and the second half of the film for dragging on and becoming overly sentimental.
One particular drawback is Uma Thurman’s career-worst performance and miscasting as President Claremont, Alex’s mother. Some critics argue that actresses like Connie Britton, Reese Witherspoon, or Sandra Bullock might have been better suited for the role. President Claremont’s character is oddly written, with inconsistent characterization, creating a confusing element in an otherwise compelling story.
The film also draws parallels to reality with its portrayal of the fictional royal family, but it also adds its own unique twists to certain aspects of this universe. Despite these flaws, “Red, White & Royal Blue” offers plenty of amusing jokes, a heartwarming romance, and strong performances from Perez and Galitzine, making it an enjoyable rom-com with a lot of heart.
Fans of LGBTQ cinema and romantic comedies will find themselves entertained and charmed by “Red, White & Royal Blue.” The film explores the complexities of love, the sacrifices made for public images, and the beauty of finding happiness in unexpected places.