By: Amanda Guarragi
We would all love to fall in love with royalty and be whisked away to a new country. Since that can’t happen to all of us, the new Netflix film, The Royal Treatment will make you believe in fairytales again. When New York hairdresser Izzy (Laura Marano) seizes the chance to work at the wedding of a charming Prince Thomas(Mena Massoud), sparks between them fly, will love — or duty to one’s country/family — prevail? Both Izzy and the Prince have lost their way because of their duty to their family’s, but once they confide in each other, they both realize what they need to do.
What I really appreciated about this movie was the authentic Italo-American lifestyle that was presented to Izzy and her family. Within seconds of meeting Izzy, there’s a comfort and sense of ease that Marano brings to the character. She offers such warmth to everyone she meets and is very kind as well. Marano gave such a great performance and it was nice to see the Italian family dynamic within the hairdressing shop ‘Bellissime’. To Izzy, family is very important, but sometimes that attachment holds her back from actually pursuing her dreams. It’s a really difficult situation to be in and many people can relate to her.
Like any romantic comedy, there is a miscommunication and our two leads meet unexpectedly. The Prince resents his family for keeping him from actually making his own decisions, similar to Izzy, but their families only want what’s best for them. Even though they don’t have the same lifestyle, they understand each other on a different level. The best part of any romantic comedy is the chemistry between the two leads. Marano and Massoud were dynamite together and played off of each other so well. Sparks were definitely flying and their genuine admiration for one another came through.
The Royal Treatment is a very sweet, heartfelt, and grounded romantic comedy that has two of the cutest leads falling in love with each other. The authentic Italian nature of the family and the New York City attitude makes for a fun encounter with royalty. Laura Marano is a total sweetheart and Mena Massoud is a very charming leading man, they were perfect together. The supporting cast was entertaining as well. The love and friendship was definitely felt. If you want to feel all warm and fuzzy, then this one is worth checking out on Netflix!