The Secret Society (Supplied)
Of all the recent premieres on Disney Plus, “The Secret Society of Second Born Royal ” is the first to be registered as a forgotten production of The Disney Channel that is now presented as a “Premium” offering on the digital platform.
The film's entertainment is solid but its budget is clearly limited . Even more important than that, it is a script that carries the work of more than three writers and the result is still more insipid and generic than the title of the film.
It's hard not to imagine an executive producer ordering this production to be a mix of “The Princess Diaries” with “X-Men First Class.” The other thing that is also part of the more recent Disney formula is to justify the use of female characters that are princesses and justify it with a more modern version and sensibility.
Sam (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) is a princess who doesn't have to worry about inheriting the throne one day. That responsibility falls to his older sister. However, the protagonist dreams of not being tied to any responsibility of the monarchy. All that changes when what appeared to be a mandatory summer camp turns out to be a training program to unleash the special powers of teenagers second in line to the throne.
While director Anna Mastro goes to great lengths to bring visual and dramatic cohesion to the production, that doesn't stop the film from getting into its action sequences and climaxes on autopilot in the most predictable ways possible.
It is possible that the youngest of the public have no objection to the banal entertainment of this production but it is even less likely that the studio will achieve that this is the first offer of a franchise.