Monday, January 11, 2010

The Young Victoria

It is hard to put into words just how much I liked the film The Young Victoria. After all, it's no secret to my readers that I love a good period drama, but I liked this one even more knowing that it was based on a true story...The movie begins with a brief look at Victoria's early years of education and isolation, to her later discovery that she has become the Queen of England, at the tender age of 18. From there, the story really takes off, as Victoria finds herself plunged into court life while seeking guidance and direction from someone she can trust. Many are willing to help the "child queen" including the manipulative Lord Melbourne (played by the fabulous Paul Bettany, Master and Commander), but it is ultimately her cousin Prince Albert (the dashing Rupert Friend, Pride & Prejudice) who she comes to rely on not only for his sound judgment in royal matters, but his devotion and love as well.
History can tell you the rest of the story, but the details are superbly captured in this film. From the lush costumes, the beautiful locations, and a sweeping score, The Young Victoria was one of the most entertaining movies I have seen in a long time. Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) displays the perfect blend of girlish joy and queenly dignity needed to make a film like this work, and the scenes between Blunt and Friend are rife with romance and chemistry. (I will not be surprised if Blunt receives an Oscar nomination for her role as Victoria). Any liberties the screenplay may have taken in "re-arranging" history are sure to be overlooked by the sheer joy of watching this wonderful film. Happy viewing!


Cristy said...

I have been curious about this movie, and was so happy to see your review! It sounds great! I will definitely see it when I have the chance.

Angie. said...

I can't wait to see this movie. I may have to go this one alone though.. I don't think David would go with me to see it.

Oh.. & I would totally touch Rupert Friend's butt..

Aimless said...

ooooo! this one looks good!

Ann Marie said...

I wish I could have gone with you!
Next time! :)

Glad you loved it!
Have a happy week!!

Suzanne said...

OH Megan!!

At 4:20 on Saturday, my thoughts were of you and this movie! At 4:30, I was so sad I was missing it! I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this movie. I am so happy that you loved it! Now, I have to depend on my friends to rate my movies for me. Is this a Suzanne worthy movie or should I wait for the edited version? Oh, I would really like to see this!! Let me know! -Suzanne

NutMeg said...


The movie is rated PG, and as far as I can remember no violence or swearing. There are a few scenes where they are in bed together talking and kissing, but no nudity and no simulated sex.

Overall a very clean movie....I hope you all enjoy it, and if you need someone to go with you, I am more than happy to see it again. Definitely one of those movies that you can't get out of your head!

Suzanne said...

PERFECT!! Thank you so much! I may take you up on your offer. Because I need an experienced time period mentor to point out the beauties that my novice eyes would completely miss! You are the best Megan! You bring me great joy!

PS, I am sending you positive vibes that your next time at work will be AWESOME and someone will tip you money! he he! -Suzanne

Marie said...

I also loved this movie, but it seems to be the kind that the Academy constantly overlooks except for Best Costume Design. It is such a beautiful (and true!) love story and so wonderfully done. It's a shame it won't get more love.

T. L. C. said...

OH MY GOSH the ENVY I have right now over the fact that YOU have seen this with your own eyes is....oozing out of my brains!!!!

I HAVE NOT seen it and I am completely DIEING. LIKE MORE then wanting to see any twilight film.
And yes, I just said that LOL

Before there was twilight, I am a all for England and the Queen kinda gal and I LOVE the story of Victoria and Albert. NO theater around was showing it.

I am "this" close to asking my cousins to just rip it off somewhere on the net because I'm just that darn impatient!

Also CALL ME CALL me Call me!!!
My numbers are on my facebook page!