Reviewed by clementine on

2 of 5 stars

I don't know, man. The comedies just don't do it for me. They're quick and easy to get through, and the plots are good enough, but to me they just don't hold up over the centuries the way the tragedies do. Throw in all the casual misogyny and I'm not feeling it.

Like, okay, it's a comedy, so the ending is supposed to be happy, right? Except that Mariana is married to a dick and Isabella is being pursued by another dick, possibly (probably?) against her will, and it's not my favourite.

I like the idea of a disguised ruler and the fallout that comes from that, plus the ethical considerations, so I did enjoy the premise and the exploration there. But overall, I think a lot of the humour got lost in the fact that I do not live in Vienna in 1603.

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