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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,…
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…
so many ugly sideburns...
Really enjoyed this film. Only critique is that it took way too long for stuff to happen but that's ok.
Interested no, well made and beautiful shot. Just a tad slow and boring, but it is exactly what you would expect from a period piece.
A competent and interesting portrayal. Perhaps lacks some dramatic depth.
so many ugly sideburns...
I'm usually not into these historical dramas; I find majority of them pretty dull and stuffy. But as expected, Emily Blunt brings such a breath of fresh air and brightness to every scene.
the casts acting was so on point and the costumes were beautiful and emily was gorgeous omg I liked it a lot
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Movies with female protagonists; not including movies with a prominent female secondary lead, ONLY protagonists.
Suggestions are welcome.