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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.
This movie is so accurate and they even got Dr. Kate Williams as a historical consultant. Normally I don't really care for accuracy unless that's the intention, but Victoria and Albert's love is on point. Thankfully, Victoria kept a diary for most of her life and there are many letters between herself and her children that back up the feelings expressed here. The funniest thing about Queen Victoria is that the Victorian era bearing her namesake is known for being prudish and stuffy, but she was all over Albert's dick like 24/7 which the movie makes a point about. Ironic for the time, but they just played it off as "We're building a family! Kids! Wholesome and all that! Yeah...back to the bedroom!!!" She wrote that she liked taking off his pants and watching him shave. Scandalous. Victoria was one of those very passionate people who "loved". Not "liked".
Also Emily Blunt is a charmer.
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…
I have to admit to loving costume dramas, especially British ones, and I love this. I think the casting is spot on, the direction is good and the production design is to die for. My only issue, perhaps nit picking, is that for something of this scope, focusing on an aspect of Queen Victoria, a love story, it's just a little short. I would love a longer version, hitting the 2-hour mark. That said, leaving me wanting more is a good thing!
I cry every single time Victoria and Albert are on screen together. The greatest real-life love story in history.
Nice costumes, good music however overall rather boring.
Dull period drama; like Downton Abbey on temazepam. To put it bluntly, even Emily can't sharpen it up.
Love this film. Love love love it.
Setting aside the fact that Emily Blunt is wonderful in EVERYTHING, this was enjoyable and interesting. Rupert Friend's Albert was so very sympathetic and scheming Miranda Richardson and nasty Mark Strong were an entertaining sideshow.
Politiken och eran är intressant, romantiken not so much. Bedrövlig end credits-låt med Sinead O'Connor.
Sometimes just a little slow, especially for a pretty short movie. Also, bonus points for being a movie about royalty and not also being excessively long.
And Emily Blunt is great in it too. Every time I see her in a movie, I want to see more of her. I know everyone wants Katee Sackhoff, but I think Blunt would make a great Captain Marvel.
And of course it won an oscar for costume design, lol. Because royalty?
Well, what can I say? I love them British period dramas.
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Golden Globe Award in any category.