The Young Victoria
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
I like a good period drama but this didn't do a lot for me. The costumes and sets were equally beautiful, but I didn't care much for the characters. I find it difficult to see Emily Blunt as a serious actress, although she was brilliant in Looper, so her role felt a little misplaced, to me at least. Not being able to connect to the characters also meant that I didn't find The Young Victoria an emotional or engaging drama, which are big flaws for a biographical film.
An amazing historical romance/drama. The Young Victoria depicts the great queen as eager for freedom both politically and personally but unsure of who to trust and of herself. She finds a soul mate in Prince Albert who understands her passions, convictions and flaws.
Lovely, award-winning costumes, terrific score, spectacular art direction and cinematography. The script can be a little hard to follow but does a great job making Victoria a modern heroine, struggling with relatable problems (I mean we all have political parties fighting over who gets to be our ladies-in-waiting, right?).
But the cast is exceptional. Emily Blunt does her best work as the conflicted queen and Rupert Friend is amazing as Albert. Mark Strong is menacing, Miranda Richardson…
I'm a huge fan of period-dramas in general, yet I have to admit this one is possibly the weakest I have seen recently.
The emotional power doesn't come close to films such as "The Duchess," or "The Other Boleyn Girl," and Emily Blunt's performance was somewhat wooden. The majority of the story seemed to be told at the end via text just before the credits rolled.
However, it does offer an amazing insight into the life of Queen Victoria and Albert which I found highly interesting. The soundtrack was also beautiful. 3/5.
I. Love. This. Movie.
Julian Fellowes FTW.
What happens when filmmakers get too good at doing something? The Young Victoria is a perfectly composed, sweeping costume romance. It has enough gold-leaf, upholstery, and elegant gowns to frustrate Dickensian description. The overbearing guardians and political swampboggery facing the presumptive queen as she comes into her own is nothing compared to the thrill of watching Emily Blunt struggle to master the electricity coursing beneath Victoria's repressed (heh) exterior. And yes, Rupert Friend's Prince Albert is pretty dreamy. There's nothing wrong with this movie, per se. It's stuffed with hands from The Honourable Olde British Actors Home and directed with torte-like delicacy by Jean-Marc Vallee. As far as it goes, and it does go far to lighten the sometimes ponderous…
Blunt is excellent. The tone is kept light & although not dynamic, the story is well told.
I'm such a sucker for movies like this one.
Enjoyable in almost every respect, except the fact that the film doesn't really feel like it's decided on what story it wants to focus on. I feel like the ascension of Victoria to the throne early in the film, and the lack of focus thereafter on a plot, means it's a little lost. I was left with the idea that they should have picked to either focus entirely on her coming to the throne, or found a different story in her life to tell.
Quite liked it, Emily Blunt is excellent.
This was a wandering narrative story about what it was like to become the most powerful woman in England.
The costumes are really marvellous, and unsurprisingly won an Oscar in 2009. The set pieces are also well chosen. The acting is good in most places though never exceptional (Emily Blunt never makes Victoria wholly vampish or girlish, so we have a poor idea of her character).
Sadly, crucially, there is never an obvious climax to the film; no clear motivation. The story doesn't lead up to the coronation, nor Victoria's marriage to Albert. It simply fizzles out, after a certain number of things has happened. Good, but it could have been much better.
Too pixilated on the TV I was watching.
Had to restrain myself from yelling at the screen because the actor who plays Albert also plays Wickham in P&P. He was not evil in this movie.
An exceptionally fine film. Impeccable in craft and actualization. All actors are extremely well-cast (though Mark Strong as Sir John is perhaps a little obvious. I would've preferred a less familiarly bad face) and give the correct performances. Emily Blunt above all is magnificent. She is an actress far better than the films she is usually in. Thus it's incredibly refreshing to see a film that allows her full talent to be seen.
The fact that it is written by Julian Fellowes only confirms why it is so good. I would venture to say that he is perhaps one of the few non-director screenwriters who manages to be an auteur. That is, his involvement is the surest indication of the…