Looks cheap at times - a symptom of the streaming era in which the aesthetic has no texture and the digital sheen is borderline oppressive to the cinematic experience. With that in mind, Văn Kiệt's The Princess is a conceptually slight, tight little bit of action cinema that's whole structure is built around point A to point B violence which is effectively an inversion of 'The Raid'. Similar to Văn Kiệt's Furie, The Princess brings a nice sense of physicality to its fight choreography. There is a consistent emphasis on coherence, and the action set-pieces refrain from too much cutting, relying more on camera movement to fuel its kineticism. It's a solid piece of action cinema built around a fantasy film framework, and while I continue to appreciate how economic Văn Kiệt's direction is, The Princess falls rather flat emotionally and thematically. For the love of God, give Veronica Ngo more roles in Hollywood.
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