Friday, February 19, 2010

The Young Victoria
a review

I was really looking forward to seeing The Young Victoria on the big screen, and thanks to it's three Oscar nominations, it's back  in theatres.

One reason Grandma J wanted to see The Young Victoria is to disspell the image of Queen Victoria as a strict, and crotchity old bag stern unyielding, matronly monarch.

Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt is next in line to ascend the British throne.  Victoria's uncle,  King William ( Jim Broadbent) is dying and her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson) tries to control access to the young Victoria.  as a side note, Victoria banishes her mother once she becomes queen.

In the meantime, the powers that be try to arrange a romantic connection between Victoria and her Belgian cousin Albert (Rupert Friend).  She is clearly not having any of this, but agrees to stay friends with Albert and allows him to correspond with her when he returns home.

After her coronation at the age of 18, Victoria goes through  attempts to control and persuade her during a period of world-changing events.  Victoria is a fast learn of the ways of politics, relying on the advice of the Prime Minister and Albert. 

The Young Victoria takes you through a historically correct period.  She does find true love and marry....that's all Grandma J is gonna say about that!

Grandma J loved the beautiful period costumes and pageantry of this movie.  It's an artful, romantically historic biography.  Emily Blunt really brought young Victoria to life.

Yes, this is a five crown movie!   Go see it while it's back in theatres. 


I Am Woody said...

I have never even heard of that movie. I think I need to get out more!

Connie said...

I haven't heard of this one either! Sounds like a good one, though. Thanks for the review! Have a good weekend, Grandma J! :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I really do love historical pieces like this...the only way I ever REMEMBER history lessons is through movies!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I'm going to join the crowd who hasn't heard of the movie either - not until Grandma J. mentioned it in her post about which movie to go see.

We need you, Grandma J., to keep us connected to what's going on.
Great review, as always. said...

Oh, I am so excited to see this! I love historical movies. I just saw The Other Boleyn Girl the other day and it was wonderful! Though a bit depressing. This is recent enough that Victoria probably won't be used like her predecessors.

Anonymous said...

It isn't historically correct. Victoria wasn't that pretty in real life.


Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

i can not even get out of the driveway! and with the way things look right now...i will be lucky to get the dvd!

Unknown said...

I feel like such a loser because I never heard of it either. I am glad you went and loved it though. : ) Great review!

Daryl said...

I am betting that the writers of this movie didnt change history and that Victoria married ...

I wont spoil the surprise tho