Since I was a little kid, I loved Prince Philip. There was something about that Prince that just resonated with me. I mean, he was the first Prince I remember who had a name. He could sing, he could dance, and he could beat a dragon. At the base level, that was what I loved about him.
There’s more too him than that, or at least that’s what I see. You see, at the beginning of the story his life is already mapped out for him. He sees baby Aurora and he’s already going to marry her. His life is set for him already. He’s going to become king and marry this princess. Then along comes Malificent. Everything seemingly changes.
His bride is taken away from him. He grows up without knowing his would be bride. The wedding is still happening but he has a life outside of that. He becomes a knight, you’d assume based on his sword and equestrian skills. He then meets this other woman. Or better yet, she meets him.
He also speaks so well to his horse and his horse has such a personality. This link with animals is genuinely shown with just a princess. It gives him a bit of a feminine side to have this link with Mother Nature which for a gay man makes him a bit of an icon. He also tries to woo Briar Rose, read Aurora, and says to hell with his arranged marriage.
He has a love and a resilience that shows through as he makes his way through an Enchanted castle. He fights all manner of things until he faces Malificent directly. He beats her with a sword thrown true, and makes his way up the tower to his future.
In the end, he saves the day and awakens the woman with a kiss. My friend and I jokingly got into an argument about consent, but that’s besides the point in this conversation. She loved him. He loved her, and in the end, the two of them found their destiny together.
The synopsis aside, he has a lot more character than all the princes who came before him, which just shows how much precision and care the writers and creators put into the characters of this movie. Malificent is such a brilliant woman and elicits nightmares with her scenes. The fairies both come off as competent and incompetent depending on their role while neither feel out of place. Even side characters such as the Stewart or bard with the guitar gets a rounded character. The movie is just fantastic.
Prince Philip stands out for me. He’s a fantastic character in a fantastic story. He becomes the first prince I had a crush on, and still feels like the most rounded Prince up until Aladdin, I would say. You may not agree with me, but I’m always willing to argue princes. And I have opinions on others too. Philip is just my favorite. Which Disney character is your favorite? Let me know below in the comments.
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