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Sophia Grace & Rosie Bring the Royal Bling!
We tend to overemphasize the difference between the contemporary moment and what came before, probably to make ourselves feel better. But there's definite continuities to be found. Humans have seemingly always been interested in oddities, and in the 19th century they were usually found in side-shows, and then vaudeville. Television brought strange things into everyone's home, and the surviving records we have of daytime TV are rife with trained monkies and strange people. The main difference between the era of early television and today is not the oddities, but the fact that the once-fleeting images of TV oddities can now be preserved indefinitely on YouTube.
Sophia Grace and Rosie, a pair of performing sisters, are a prime example. On one hand, they don't do anything that we've all seen little girls do at family gatherings: act like adults for the amusement of adults. On the other hand, unlike most young girls, Sophia Grace and Rosie ended up on Ellen in 2011 dancing along to Nicki Minaj. This led to a signature "brand" for the sisters, including being sassy, wearing pink flouncy dresses, and generally associating with all things "princess." Since 2011 the pair's YouTube channel has exploded in popularity and been back on Ellen several times. With Sophia Grace and Rosie's Royal Adventure we've hopefully reached "peak" princess.
Facts of the Case
The plot is pretty simple: Ellen DeGeneres sends the sisters to Switzelvania so they can use their usual antics in covering the coronation of a new queen. Of course things don't go as planned, and the pair find a trio of young ladies vying for the crown. Naturally the sisters have to get involved so that the best girl wins.
There are two main reasons to watch Sophia Grace and Rosie's Royal Adventure. The first is if you genuinely find the sisters cute. They crank up their smiles and dance their way through the fictional country with all the aplomb they show in their hit YouTube videos. Viewers expecting sassy antics, lots of pink, and a mild adventure featuring the sisterly duo won't be disappointed. There's also plenty of musical material to keep fans satisfied as well. Most younger viewers (roughly the 5-11 crowd) fall into this category.
The other reason to watch Royal Adventure is for the trainwreck quality of the sisters' performances. They're both game, especially for their age, but they don't scream talent. In the short burst of a YouTube video or a spot on Ellen they really shine, but only some viewers are going to like the expanded vision of them provided here.
This Blu-ray set is also made with fans in mind. The 1.78:1/1080p AVC-encoded transfer is clean and bright. Detail is pretty sharp, though the image itself isn't always that wonderful to look at. The point is to keep the camera on the stars, so Royal Adventure isn't always fun to look at. But that's not the fault of this transfer, which looks like a contemporary digital production, with appropriately saturated colors and consistent black levels. The DTS-HD 5.0 track is a waste, but at the least the sisters' sound fine, with plenty of clarity and dynamic range, especially during musical sequences. Given the subject matter, no one is likely the miss the low-end channel.
Extras are surprisingly extensive, and kick off with a featurette where the girls extol their love of "pink." It's obviously aimed at younger viewers, as is the sing-along feature. This allows viewers to sing along with five of the film's musical numbers. "Favorite Moments from The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is pretty self-explanatory, but it's a nice addition for those who want more quality than the average YouTube clip. Finally, a set of bloopers is also included on the disc so fans can watch the sisters flub lines with the best of them. This set also include a DVD and Ultraviolet digital copy of the film as well. As a bonus, there's also an activity booklet to keep the young ones entertained.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Being generous, I'm not sure that even the relatively short 75 minutes of Sophia Grace and Rosie's Royal Adventure is the best way to experience the talents of Sophia Grace and Rosie. In short, 3-5 minute chunks their antics can be tolerated, perhaps even enjoyed, by children and adults alike. After the second musical number, all but the most die-hard adult viewers will be looking for the remote, though kids are likely to sit through all of it. Being ungenerous, Royal Adventure looks like the most pathetic folly, giving a pair of obnoxiously-sassy pink-fetishizers a 75 minute platform to display so-so singing and dubious dancing skills. Anyone not already enamored of the pair from watching them on YouTube or Ellen shouldn't even bother to consider that this object exists.
For fans of the sisters, Sophia Grace and Rosie's Royal Adventure hits all the expected notes for a feature-length outing. There's precocity, pink, and lots of singing. If that's your thing, then this Blu-ray probably merits a purchase for all the supplements as well. If you have no idea who Sophia Grace and Rosie, take my advice and get out while you still can.
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