'Secret Society of Second-Born Royals' gives Disney+ an X-Men-like franchise

“新突变体” might have landed with a dull thud, 但迪斯尼实际上有一部很有前途的青少年电影,该电影归功于《 X战警》系列 “次生皇室秘密协会,” an extremely clever concept that takes thesparesin the royal equation and turns them into a superhero group. While hardly a blockbuster, this Disney+ movie occupies the upper tier of the kind of movies that have proved quite popular for Disney Channel.

Starring Disney alum Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi Mack), the original concept borrows from the best, 包含 “Frozen,” which actually excised a song about the wholeheir and a sparedynamic of royal birth.
Lee’s Sam is the willful younger sister of the soon-to-be-coronated queen of mythical Illyria, and plenty irritated when their mother (Elodie Yung) ships Sam off to summer school. Yet what Sam sees as a punishment turns out to be a school to train gifted youngsters, whose powers (as a sort-of-consolation prize for not being king or queen) begin to manifest themselves in their mid-teens.
Sam is joined by other princes and princessesa cast that includes Niles Fitch (“This is Us”) as fellow Disney Channel star Faly Rakotohavana (“Raven’s Home”) — with powers ranging from heightened senses (hers) to invisibility. They’re put through the paces by a more experienced second-born royal (Skylar Astin), including exercises in what amounts to adanger room,” before the inevitable call to apply their skills in the real world, with actual lives on the line.
    Directed by Anna Mastro (a veteran of such series asJane the Virginand Marvel’sRunaways”), from a story credited to producer Austin Winsberg and writers Alex Litvak and Andrew Green, “Second-Born Royalsdoesn’t contain many fresh wrinkles, including the mystery that surrounds a prisoner (Greg Bryk) bent on revenge against Sam’s family.
    仍然, it’s slick and generally solid comic-book-style fun, with uniforms and everything, as these youths discover their powers and Astin provides welcome humor as the group’s able if exasperated mentor. The story even weaves in a slightly weightier theme regarding the whole issue of royalty, without getting bogged down by it.
    As an aside, this is actually the second solidly made streaming movie this week featuring a 16-year-old leadwhich must be some kind of a recordcoming days after Netflix’s Millie Bobby Brown vehicle Enola Holmes.
    Like that film, “Second-Born Royalsalso has the potential to become an ongoing franchise, meaning it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this society suit up again, the same way thatDescendants” 要么 “歌舞青春” did.
      In the not-so-mythical kingdom of Hollywood, they call that sort of heir a sequel.
      “次生皇室秘密协会” premieres Sept. 25 on Disney+.

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