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…
I LOVE EMILY BLUNT
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.
the casts acting was so on point and the costumes were beautiful and emily was gorgeous omg I liked it a lot
The crew behind this film is awesome--Julian Fellowes of Downton, Martin Scorsese (who knew?), Jean-Marc Vallée (interesting to compare to Dallas Buyers Club), Sarah Ferguson (the DUCHESS!), and Sandy Powell (hello amazing costume extraordinaire). Turns out she (the latter) and Scorsese worked on other projects together too. Fun to notice collabs.
ANYWAY I've seen this before and of course because we felt like it, my London roomie Claudia and I watched this period film. The costumes are gorgeous, and Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend do an excellent job adding dimension to these royals about whom you read in history books (Paul Bettany played the PM who was 20 years his senior, fun fact). But I thought they sped through too…
This movie made me very emotional. They were very cute together and the fact she had to spend 40 years without him is bullshit.
Scavenger Hunt 17 - August 2016
Task #5 - A 'Best Costume Design' Oscar winner.
"Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself?"
I think these kind of period dramas are really not for me. Absolutely nothing wrong with the quality of the director, cast, cinematography, visuals, music or the costumes - obviously. I just find movies like this to be a collection of pretty images with some added narration telling the audience who's who and what's happening. For my money, you could just add some excitement into telling of these stories about important historical figures and events. History lessons can and should also be entertaining. This on the other hand was dissapointingly slow and borderline boring. At least for me. But you can never have too much Emily blunt in your life - she alone is worth five stars.
Film # 2 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 17" Challenge
Task # 5. A 'Best Costume Design' Oscar winner!
This is a rewatch, and I try to avoid those for a thing like this, but when I was looking through Academy Awards winners for this task, I really couldn´t resist.
The movie follows the first few years of Victoria´s reign as queen, along with her relationship with Prince Albert. The costumes in this are wonderful, so the Oscar is most certainly deserved.
To be honest, I love this movie. I can´t completely describe why I love it so much, which is weird, but I just love it a lot. But every time, I watch this myself or it randomly plays…
i remember first watching this on a plane the year it released and absolutely LOVING it which is weird because i hate watching movies on planes... anyway the costumes and set design in this were stunning and emily blunt is so great
emily blunt is the queen of my heart
Pretty standard, cookie-cutter period drama. But damn, if ain't charming. The history lover in me marveled a bit at this. I want a cute Prince Albert, too.
Didn't expect it to be so good, especially because of the cast but in the end the cast was amazing.
This film, and Emily Blunt in particular, is as dull as the blackened industrial skies of the Victorian age.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
I have tried to limit this list to proper period dramas (no animated features or alternate histories) and arrange them…