Movie #305 2020: Secret Society of Second Born Royals (2020)

Remember when I said there needed to be more Disney original live action à la Halloweentown? Well, I decided to give this one a go because I really meant it.

Secret Society of Second Born Royals is exactly what it says on the tin. A group of second-born children hit the milestone of sixteen years old, only to discover that there has been a secret society hidden in plain sight for their entire lives. Now as they are old enough, it becomes their duty to join and train under the rules of the society, as it’s their job to protect their kingdom from now on. Not only that, but each of them quickly discovers that they have super-human abilities.

It’s an interesting concept, that’s for sure, but structurally, it’s all over the place. The plot is overly saturated with way too many different storylines and there’s simply too much to get through. And yet… there’s still an adequate amount of fun to be had here!

Whilst there’s some horrendous acting here, at least the adults (for the most part) and teenage Randall from This Is Us (Niles Fitch) keep it decent enough. Plus, this is basically the modern day equivalent of a Disney Channel straight-to-TV release, so what do you expect?

While the plot – and the plot “twist” – are incredibly obvious, there’s enough intrigue within this to spark interest in a sequel. And boy do they leave enough open endings to suggest that there will be one. Or two. Or three. Secret Society has one of the most blatant outcries for a sequel that you’ll ever see, that’s for sure.

The whole thing could have done without the musical numbers and occasional random jam session, but the soundtrack itself is pretty good. Well scored, and bonus points for use of Le Tigre are in order.

Look, it’s basically the Disney tween budget version of The Avengers. Even some of the soundtrack is a clear knock off of the now famous AVENGERS ASSEMBLE portal sequence. But for teenagers, this would be an absolute blast. Clearly I’m trying to be objective here because I’m obviously not the target audience. 

In short, it’s pretty good fodder for the target audience, but definitely quite forgettable.

Note: my girlfriend and I tried to watch What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) instead but had technical difficulties. Something tells me that would have been the superior movie…

Secret Society of Second Born Royals is available to stream on Disney+ in the UK.

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