I know it’s not fair to “review” a movie that you haven’t watched all the way through, but I still feel compelled to write something about the 30-or-so minutes I saw of Disney’s gender-swapped swashbuckler Princess of Thieves (2001)…

Keira Knightley as ‘Gwyn’ in “Princess of Thieves”I love the premise of Robin Hood’s tenacious tomboy daughter taking on her captured father’s mission to protect a young French prince travelling through England incognito… but the actual plot and dialogue were so blah, I couldn’t help zoning out after the first half-hour. Added to that, the eponymous “princess”, ‘Gwyn’, reminded me so much of Arya Stark (especially after she cut her hair to pass as a boy) that I just started pining for the new season of Game of Thrones which is due to start in April*, and will no doubt be vastly superior to this bloodless bore.

On the other hand, I thought Keira Knightley was fantastically feisty in the title role, and was already showing a great deal of spirit and star-potential in this early, pre-Beckham role. Stephen Moyer was also very watchable (if a little hammy) as her potential love-interest, ‘Prince Philip’… though it was weird hearing him talking with an English accent after all the years he spent pretending to be American on True Blood!


* SPOILER: The GoT S5 promo photos I’ve seen so far suggest that Arya has started growing her hair out and wearing make-up! Jinkies!

About Dee CrowSeer

A comic book writer with an interest in feminism, philosophy, and affirmative action. He/him.
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