Ever since the first trailer for the Secret Society of Second-Born Royals was released in May of 2020, there was a lot of hype surrounding the movie. Well, after an extended promotion period, some critics do not seem impressed with the film. The movie is currently in a precarious position when it comes to the Rotten Tomatoes score.
The Secret Society of Second-Born Royals is a new movie from Disney+. A teen-superhero flick from the mouse house for their exclusive streaming platform, the movie was scheduled for release in July; instead, after two months, we are finally getting to see the movie.
The Disney+ flick follows Sam, a disinterested princess who is second in line for the throne. But she soon realizes she has superpowers and is part of a secret society that is responsible for the protection of Illyria. The film deals with Sam‘s training and her decision to finally taking some responsibility.
As the Secret Society of Second-Born Royals is set for release on 25 September 2020, critics have already got their hands on the flick. In most reviews, the idea is that the film is passable, but some voices are extremely mean to the film. Let’s dive in and see what the Rotten Tomatoes score is for the film.
The Ugly – Some Critics Just Didn’t Care for the Movie
Some critics don’t seem to like the plot of the movie. Budgeting was also an issue that made the movie unwatchable, according to one critic. The negative reactions are extremely harsh.
According to Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times, “‘Second-Born Royals’ doesn’t know how to be kid-friendly without being dumb.” Ouch, it seems like the movie came off as pandering for Jeannette.
New York Post’s writer Johnny Oleksinski also didn’t have anything nice to say about the movie. He wrote, “If you’re going to make a superhero movie today, you gotta have a budget. “Secret Society,” perhaps, had Microsoft Paint.”
The Bad – Moderately Okay to Relatively Bad Reviews
Harsh criticism aside, some critics were a little tempered with their impression of the film. They tried to take it as a teen-targeted movie, which succeeded and failed at different levels.
Deirdre Molumby writes for entertainment.ie, “Secret Society of Second Born Royals depends entirely on the most trite and overused movie conventions. It’s painfully blasé and contains so many plot holes; you could make a colander out of the film. Avoid.”
Josh Bell of CBR also criticized the budget. “The screenplay tries to sell the audience on a vast world of heroes and villains, but all director Anna Mastro has to work with is a Canadian college campus and a few dark blue jumpsuits,” he wrote.
In her YouTube channel, Rachel Wagner said, “It’s a generic yet serviceable teen superhero movie.” Well, it appears the film is watchable if you are not expecting a whole more from the teen-targeted flick.
The Good – Secret Society of Second-Born Royals Rotten Tomatoes Score
The Secret Society of Second-Born Royals on Disney+ is getting moderate reviews from critics and on Rotten Tomatoes.
In a glowing review for Mama’s Geeky, Tessa Smith wrote that the film was a “tween demographic” flick, which wears its premise with pride. She also mentioned that the acting in the movie is the winning formula.
Sherin Nicole writing for Geek Girl Riot was not particularly impressed with the plotting of the film. But she still recommended the film because of the world-building and the “superpowered” spy adventure.
There is some good news for the Rotten Tomatoes score of the Secret Society of Second-Born Royals. The film is currently fresh at 62%, with 13 reviews counted. From this point, the score of the film can swing anyway.
But from what I can glean from all the critics’ reactions, it appears Disney+ has a sequel worthy property in their hands. It seems we will be getting more of the Secret Society of Second-Born Royals in the future.
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