Princess Kaiulani – Movie Review
The true story of a Hawaiian princess’ attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization.
Princess Kaiulani is a movie that’s based on another shameful chapter in American history when the American Navy deposed the royalty in Hawaii because a group of rich planters said that people were being threatened. This is the story of a young woman who was basically the last of the royalty. She was a princess in Hawaii, and during unsettled times, her father, who was Scottish, rushed her away to London, her Hawaiian mother having died. He abandons her to a British upper class family. Once there she undergoes a fair amount of humiliation in the British public school system. Later on she falls in love with the family’s eldeset son, an Englishman. The title role is played by a woman who actually played opposite Colin Ferrel in The New World. She’s part Indian, part Peruvian, and lived in Hawaii and is an activist as well. The story is a love story sort of like Young Victoria, Hawaiian style. It’s also political. The problem is the actress is absolutely beautiful but I don’t think she’s a great actress to be quite honest. At 13, she was separated from her family and went back when she was in her early 20’s. Her young man came to find her just before the end of the doomed kingdom of Hawaii. Sean Evans plays her boyfriend, Clive. The wonderful Barry Pepper plays the evil person who’s son of an American missionary who’s greedy and powerful. The wonderful Will Patton plays Sanford Dole, who is a sort of hero with a heart of if not gold, at least of pineapple I suppose. I kind of liked this movie. It’s not a great movie, but it’s fun to watch. Three stars.