VOD Review - Princess Cyd
Rebecca Spence (Crisis and Boss) stars as Miranda Ruth, an author who bares a bit of a resemblance to Amy Brenneman. She's a professor as well at the University of Chicago. In her spare time, she assists a male colleague named Anthony with a book he's writing. She may have some romantic feelings for Anthony, but these feelings are the farthest things from her mind, as she lives a rather quiet life with no need for that kind of romance. If she's having any kind of romance, it's with books and literature. Every once and awhile, she'll have reading parties where she and literati friends will sit, eat, drink and speak the prose and poetry of their favorite writers like James Baldwin. It's not like an elitist or snooty thing. One can tell that Miranda has these parties because she and her friends truly have a love or joy of reading. It's completely sincere.
Cyd is young and is more into physical pleasures or sensations. This is in contrast to her aunt who is more into mental pleasures or intellectual pursuits. What Cone brilliantly does is that he doesn't laud one woman's pleasures over the other. He doesn't condemn Miranda for what brings her joy. Nor does he condemn Cyd for what brings her joy. He doesn't even draw the conclusion that their ages or geographic circumstances have drawn them to their particular pleasures, even though those circumstances might have done so. These are just these two women as they are. There's a little bit of butting heads for drama's sake but otherwise this movie simply presents these two beautiful women as they are.
One could argue that Cone is trying to make some commentary on the two generations. He could perhaps be pitting Generation X against Millennials though not forcefully. If so, this isn't a battle. It's a pillow fight. It's my speculation though that Miranda is Generation X. I wouldn't suggest she's older, but if this is a generational exemplum, I wouldn't argue that Miranda's values or outlook are unique to Generation X but a shorthand for anyone in her age-range or higher.
There's no judgment toward her attractions to either boy or girl, but the movie suggests her preference toward Katie. As a result, we see a beautiful, if brief romance where Cone finds some sweet and also seriously affecting moments that range from a rooftop dance as movie extras to a possible sexual assault. It's a romance that isn't meant to be as profound as the one in Blue is the Warmest Color (2013), but it was lovely just the same.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 36 mins.
Available on Netflix.