871. Ice Princess

Title: Ice Princess
Director: Tim Fywell
Year: 2005
Run time: 1hr 38m

“Ice Princess is a hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age story featuring popular teen star Michelle Trachtenberg. Though she longs to become a graceful champion figure skater, gawky Casey Carlyle has always been just a brainy high school misfit. And with a strong-willed mother pushing her toward a top university, it seems as if she’ll never get the chance to be like the elite skating prodigies she sees at the rink. But when Casey uses her head and follows her heart, she’ll find herself transformed beyond her wildest dreams!”

Live blog

1:34 – Feels like Dawson’s Creek on ice so far.
3:03 – Toast on a bunson burner is fun!
5:29 – “You’ll know your topic when you learn how to use your eyes.”
13:09 – She’s impressive for going after what she wants and not giving up.
13:43 – “BLT, hold the B, heavy on the L.”
17:51 – First zamboni sighting!
23:46 – I can relate to that, thinking of 100 things to say each time you leave, to the point you’re bugging the person.
28:35 – I don’t understand how she has such a big part in the recital when she only decided to do it this morning.
40:15 – “I don’t talk to guys. Or people.”
46:58 – Why is she carrying the red dress around? She surely doesn’t wear it during practice.
51:08 – “She’s got eyes in the back of her horns.”
1:01:37 – Sectionals feels like a weird term for something.
1:03:58 – Way too quick to judge on the kids. The mom for sure.
1:10:54 – I like that she took the eyeliner tips on board even for her Harvard interview.
1:18:20.- So true. “No matter how old we get, some of us always hate the prom queen.”
1:29:30 – Actually, the friendship between Hayden and the math geek friend is my favourite bit.

Conclusions

This film is really good at what it does but let’s not pretend it’s deep and meaningful. It’s your standard Disney kid’s film about a girl who wants to become an ice skater, and she has to overcome the competition and deal with her mother’s disappointment as well.

I can’t pretend like this is something I’d recommend but equally, there’s not a whole lot wrong with it. If you’re in the mood for a good movie in the saccharine genre, then this could be the one for you.

Rating: 4/5