Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

“The Lady”: Netflix movie review with Millie Bobby Brown. It’s boring

  • “Lady” directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo z Millie Bobby Brown she made her debut in the main role on Women’s Day on Netflix. The cast included, among others: Robin Wright and Angela Bassett.
  • The film was widely promoted as a megahit with a young world star in the cast. Although the beginning looked quite good, in the end it is an item that can be skipped. “The Lady” does not use the potential of the story and the heroine. It pleases the viewer with boredom and… poor lighting of scenes in the cave.

Elodie (Millie Bobby Brown) is a young girl who comes from a not very wealthy family. Her father decides that she will marry a handsome and, above all, wealthy prince. Right after the fairy-tale wedding, it turns out that the royal family had been plotting intrigue from the very beginning. Elodie becomes a sacrifice to repay an ancient debt. Thrown into a cave with a fire-breathing dragon, she must rely on her wits to survive.

The beginning of the film amazed me. I was easily drawn into the fairy-tale and colorful world of the royal family. Although the story seemed formulaic (a poor girl is to marry a rich prince), an attempt was made to modernize it. Elodie is a passionate heroine, her character traits were clearly visible from the very first minutes. I was particularly charmed by her close relationship with her younger sister. An idealized future princess who has nothing interesting to offer has not been created. We see a flesh-and-blood character on the screen. Millie Bobby Brown, whom we knew from the TV series “Stranger Things”, was great in this role. In “The Lady” she shows herself in a completely new version. Robin Wright as the Queen and Angela Bassett as Elodie’s stepmother are also fantastic to watch. “Lady” is a truly feminine film!

My admiration was also related to the technical aspects of the film. Sophisticated costumes, great scenography and landscapes that are pleasing to the eyes. The creators managed to create a fantastic atmosphere that immediately charmed me.

Unfortunately, everything falls apart when the action moves to a cave where, well, we don’t actually see much.

I must admit that the royal family plot may not have been the most innovative idea in the world, but it had potential. Unfortunately, unused. Elodie goes to a cave where she has to fight a dragon. First of all, the lighting is poor – I feel sorry for people who will watch “The Lady” in daylight. Secondly, Millie Bobby Brown does everything in her power to hold the viewer’s attention, but to no avail. Her character’s struggles are boring, unattractive, and emotionless.

The last objection may be surprising, because we have already gotten to know and like Elodie. Unfortunately, this character completely loses his charisma. Perhaps because of too clear exposition in the dialogues – some lines sound cliched. Or perhaps because of the lack of a creative idea for creating an interesting character that we would want to follow.

“The Lady” could have been an interesting fantasy film, but the result was a dull production that is easy to forget.


“The Lady”, dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Release date on Netflix: March 8, 2024

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