Sometimes there’s nothing better than kicking back at the end of a long day and watching one of the ridiculous and convoluted movies that Lifetime is famous for. I usually just stick to watching Unsolved Mysteries and How I Met Your Mother re-runs on the channel, but I can just as easily get sucked into Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? or She’s Too Young.
Lately, a lot of the Lifetime movies haven’t featured teenagers with STDs like She’s Too Young but have been based on true stories, like the Amanda Knox and Natalee Holloway cases. Now, it’s time for the royals to have their turn in the oh-so-cleverly-titled William & Kate, which premiered Monday night after weeks and weeks of heavy promotion.
I don’t know where to start with the movie. It follows the long courtship of William and Kate, starting when they met at the University of St. Andrews. I didn’t buy Nico Evers-Swindell as William or Camilla Luddington as Kate; their acting wasn’t poor, but neither one looked or sounded the part. The dialogue was lame, and a lot of artistic license was used during several scenes, like a brutal public karaoke incident involving the prince serenading Kate. I am still suffering from second-hand embarrassment from that one. Honestly, if I hadn’t been planning on writing about the movie this week, I would have turned it off and switched to Gossip Girl.
I can’t fault Lifetime for tapping into the public’s interest in the royal wedding, but I can complain about how awful William & Kate was. For anyone who did love the movie and wants to be just like Kate, Lifetime is capitalizing on the wedding mania by offering their own “Lifetime Approved Royal Engagement Ring,” for the low, low price of just $79.95. It does look just like Kate’s ring (which was also Princess Diana’s), except the giant sapphire is faux and the diamonds are CZ. At least it’s nickel free!
Despite the sludge that was William & Kate, I will be watching the actual wedding (or, I’m at least going to try to wake up in time). I think Prince William seems like a decent guy, and I like Kate – and not just because we’re both named Catherine Elizabeth. She appears to be a nice, down-to-Earth person who just so happens to be getting married to the future King of England. I know she is going to be scrutinized beyond belief, and I hope she’s as strong as she seems… and I hope I’m able to get myself awake at 3 a.m. PT to watch the nuptials take place.