Ice Princess: an underrated figure skating movie
ice princess, though underrated more than 16 years later, is an inspirational figure skating film showing that girls can be smart and athletic.
The Winter Olympics make me want movies about winter sports. Last Sunday night I listened to Ice Princess for the first time in several years. What I like about this film is that there isn’t necessarily a villain. Tina Harwood (Kim Cattrall) occasionally comes across as an antagonist, but she primarily serves as a coach to Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg). Casey and her classmate Gen Harwood (Hayden Pannettiere) are the daughters of parents who have their own dreams for them. Tina’s dream is for Gen to be the best figure skater. Casey’s mother, Joan (Joan Cusack), dreams of Casey going to Harvard. For much of the film, things go like this. It is only at the regional level that tensions begin to arise.
But no matter what, Casey finds herself back in figure skating after completing her summer physique project on ice skating. Casey grew up with a pond on a lake, so skating was his childhood hobby. She decides to enroll in skating lessons in order to make the project more personal. After the initial recital, Casey jumps two levels to the junior level. this puts her on par with Gen, Tiffany Lai (Jocelyn Lai), and Nikki Fletcher (Kirsten Olson). Casey is no longer the girl on the outside who looks inside but makes friends at school. The cost of skating is not cheap, so she uses her program to help other skaters in addition to working at the restaurant. The computer program does not do the jumps for the skaters, but it offers tips to improve their performance.
Tina and Joan’s relationship with their daughters changes after regionals. Joan focuses for Casey on Harvard and it goes in that direction until Gen quits. Gen realized that what Tina had done was wrong. His actions might have helped Gen on the ice, but they ultimately hurt Casey. One thing to learn by watching ice princess, new skates require ten days to be broken in. Once we get over that, it’s a driving performance during Sectionals. Of course, it starts badly with a fall but seeing his mother in the public, Casey skates the skate of his life. I would have liked to see what happened during the national championships and potentially the Olympics. But of course, a sequel is not necessary.
There’s a love story here with Teddy (Trevor Blumas) but it doesn’t dominate the film like it does with the others. It’s one of the ways ice princess starts outside of similar fares, including Disney movies. For The Diary of a Princess fans, author Meg Cabot co-wrote the film’s story with screenwriter Hadley Davis. On the razor wire the movies are romantic comedies and they don’t hide that fact. What I love about this movie is that it’s not a movie that delivers what we think it would deliver based on the previous movies. Casey is shy around someone she hasn’t known since kindergarten. Meanwhile, the cinematic tropes would have us thinking that Gen would be a snobby popular girl. She isn’t but she is jealous of Casey so she can live a life. It also shows that both are raised as overachievers by their mothers.
Too bad the movie didn’t do better at the box office. ice princess is the kind of film that should inspire girls to become figure skaters. At the end of the day, ice princess goes beyond the clichés and gives us an entertaining film set in the competitive world of figure skating.
DIRECTOR: Tim Fywell
SCREENPLAY: Hadley Davis
ACTORS: Joan Cusack, Kim Cattrall, Michelle Trachtenberg, Hayden Panettiere, Trevor Blumas, Connie Ray, Kirsten Olson, Juliana Cannarozzo, Jocelyn Lai
Disney released Ice Princess in theaters on March 18, 2005.
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