Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
The Young Victoria
Love rules all
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
It's nothing particularly groundbreaking, but The Young Victoria employs a strong cast and some great writing, steering it into a direction which captures the story of young Victoria's early reign, as well as her romantic relationship with Prince Albert, wonderfully well.
Jean-Marc Vallée effectively expresses one of the key elements which drives this film nicely - that being, Victoria's stubborn persistence and strong will. The romantic relationship between herself and Albert remains another core throughout the film, and I was genuinely tear-jerked at so many of those moments between the two. Building upon historical accuracy e.g. the way Victoria always wore black after Albert's early death, it remains a testament to Victoria's reign, and the decisions she made during her…
The BBC seem determined to make the broadcasting of this a Xmas tradition and why not, everyone likes a bit of period drama over the festivities I guess.
The Young Victoria is a rather harmless, inoffensive and genteel romp through the early years of the monarch both before her coronation and during her formative years on the throne, using her love for Albert and the manipulations behind the scenes as the main thrust of the story. There's something rather old fashioned and a bit bland about the film, almost as if it was made purely for the overseas market who lap up our historical drama and royalty as a whole, but that said there's still plenty to enjoy here for…
Emily Blunt shines as Victoria in this romantic but plodding royal portrait.
I'm obviously a sucker for costume period pieces - especially when they star Emily Blunt. The icing on the cake for this one however is Jean-Marc Vallée. The guy is batting well over 1.000 (if that's possible) and Young Victoria showcases, in however small ways, his direction of creativity and interesting camera workings. He takes what might otherwise be a pretty stuffy and potentially boring political drama from the 19th century and make it captivating.
Not too much sappy romance and just the right amount of personal espionage and subterfuge, this two hour picture flies by with flourish and delight. It's damn near perfect and straight up my alley. So why only 4 stars?
The studio. Maybe it was Vallée,…
This is the first Jean-Marc Vallee film I've seen that didn't really let me into the main character's head, opting instead for a broader cinematic perspective, which in this case works surprisingly well. His other trademarks are still there, sharp editing especially, and the cinematography is glorious and creative. It struggles a bit towards the end, opting to craft a historically debatable climax in order to provide a satisfying conclusion when an abstract one probably would have served the material better, but up until that point this is a surprisingly mesmerizing look at the goings on in a British palace at this point in time, a surprisingly entertaining coming-of-age story, and a surprisingly creative and effective Victorian-era romance that goes the extra mile beyond many conventional entries in the genre.
Emily Blunt is also the best, which helps.
I LOVE EMILY BLUNT
This film, and Emily Blunt in particular, is as dull as the blackened industrial skies of the Victorian age.
A fairly standard and decently executed period drama. It's mostly a romance with a history background. Your standard mum movie.
This film is beauty, from the story to costumes, actors, sets, etc.
Truly everything I love in a romantic film.
Hates the Royal family, likes film's about the Royal's. I suffer from this uniquely British contradiction. I also hate Royal fashion shows, which The Young Victoria mostly is.
No voy a juzgar el rigor histórico de la película porque no soy ninguna experta en el tema. Me ha parecido que la dirección artística era muy adecuada y la película me ha permitido acercarme un poco más a la figura de la Reina Victoria y en concreto al comienzo de su relación con Alberto.
La vi hace años y sigue siendo tan bonita y tierna como la recordaba.
May Scavenger Hunt | Film #3, Task #27
A film in which a good actor gives a notoriously bad performance.
Don't underestimate Victoria.
Awkward royalty young love stories is one of the best love stories. I feel embarrassed to watch it on screen, seeing the awkward family dinners and Victoria growing up one morning. People playing the game around her that she is just learning in earnest. Blunt is a good actor in all counts, this movie is so playful and innocent, leave it alone.
YOU HAVE PLAYED THE GAME AND LOST. PLAY THE GAME. *queen song plays in the background*
If you like royal history, intrigue, complot, etiquette, scandal and a good old love story, this is for you. Beautiful surroundings, gorgeous costumes and well played roles. Emily Blunt is more and more convincing....
This was on TV one day, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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Work in progress, will…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!