TITLE ROLE: Good actress is still waiting for the right movie to come along.
By Mike Dunham
The character's emotional shifts are bare yet credible. One gets the impression that here is a good actress waiting for the right role.
"Barbarian Princess" might have been that role, but it isn't. Previous reviews have called the script "clunky."
I found it slow. How slow? Well, about 30 minutes into the thing I took a shower and left the DVD running. I returned after drying off and found the plot was right where I'd left it.
Marc Forby has been working on this movie for years, but still he can't do better than "clunky"? Call me if you need a script doctor, people.
Of course, casting Kilcher as a Hawaiian and calling the movie Barbarian Princess are still unfortunate moves. I gather Kilcher's portrayal isn't a problem, but maybe a Hawaiian actress could've done even better.
For more on the subject, see Hawaiians Criticize "Barbarian" Movie and Q'orianka's Hawaiian Epic.