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Plot: Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort, Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle, William IV's rule. Her German cousin Albert is encouraged to court her for solely political motives but, following her accession at age eighteen, finds he is falling for her and is dismayed at her reliance on trusty premier Melbourne. Victoria is impressed by Albert's philanthropy which is akin to her own desire to help her subjects. However her loyalty to Melbourne, perceived as a self-seeker, almost causes a constitutional crisis and it is Albert who helps restore her self-confidence. She proposes and they marry, Albert proving himself not only a devoted spouse, prepared to take an assassin's bullet for her, but an agent of much-needed reform, finally endorsed by an admiring Melbourne. Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 05 Mar 2009
When Did Emily Blunt Become a Great Actress? (by J_Trex)
She was outstanding as young Victoria. Deserves an Oscar nomination, absolutely. It seems I was just watching her as a working class lumpen prole in "Sunshine Cleaning" and now she's pulling off this role. It's simply incredible. I am now a devoted fan.The character who played Prince Albert was also outstanding. He really did an excellent job and played it perfectly I don't think your average movie goer can appreciate what an outstanding movie this is. Like it's earlier historical movie gem, "Bright Star", this film was simply mind boggling in its ability <more>
to portray life as it was back in the 1830's "Bright Star" was a tad earlier, 1820's .As for the rest of the film, it was first rate. The screenplay and cinematography was first rate. I am a devotee of historical dramas of this type, but it was truly an outstanding film and brought to life the relationship of Victoria and Albert. A truly great film worth checking out.
With all of the films of recent,dealing with the British Monarchy,is it really time for another? Answer:YOU BET! The Young Victoria is another contribution to the wave of cinema from Britain dealing with the Royal family. In this case,it deals with the early life of Princess Victoria,and events leading up to the Coronation of her becoming Queen of all England,as well as her romance & eventual wedding to Prince Albert. The film also deals with the tempestuous lives & careers of both England's Queen & Prince,as well as several other events that transpire political turmoil,etc. <more>
. Emily Blunt plays a radiant Victoria in her youth,while Rupert Friend is her beloved & best friend,Prince Albert. The rest of the cast is rounded out with the likes of Miranda Richardson,as the Dutchess of Kent,and the always welcome on screen,Jim Broadbent as King William,as well as a cast of others that shine on screen. Jean Marc Vallee C.R.A.Z.Y.,Loser Love ,directs from a winning screenplay by Jullian Fellowes Vanity Fair,Gosford Park,Separate Lies . I absolutely went out of my head over the film's visual look by cinematographer Hagen Bogdansker ,who gave each frame of film a painterly look with the help of production designer,Patrice Vermette ,as well as some tight editing by Jill Bilcock & Matt Garner . What I also appreciated in Fellowes' script is the use of a game of Chess,as a metaphor for some of the film's political motivation the characters in the film move about like the pieces on a Chess board . This is smart,well written,directed,filmed,edited & acted entertainment and enlightenment that makes for a well spent evening at the cinema. Rated PG by the MPAA for a few scenes of sensuality,some brief violence a little bloody,although nothing too gory ,a rude outburst of language,and some on screen smoking
I saw this on the big screen and was encapsulated with it. The period of Queen Victoria's younger years are a mystery and this is a perfect description of how a young girl was thrusted into one of the highest roles in the world.The script is perfect, the acting is amazing, the history and attention to detail is out of this world. Emily Blunt is perfect as Victoria. Funny how her mother is played by Elizabeth the 1st and William IV is played by Prince Albert! Think Blackadder .This portrayal of Victoria shows that she was a rebellious young woman once - I'm sure she would have been on <more>
Jeremey Kyle Show if it had been around then: "My mother and her boyfriend are trying to steal my life".A Perfect piece of a major part of British and Commonwealth history.
A warm and moving love story, beautifully acted by Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend (by cliveevansnp)
Despite some reviews being distinctly Luke-warm, I found the story totally engrossing and even if some critics have described the love story as 'Mills and Boon', so what? It is good to see a warm, touching story of real love in these cynical times. Many in the audience were sniffing and surreptitiously dabbing their eyes. You really believe that the young Victoria and Albert are passionately fond of each other, even though, for political reasons, it was an arranged marriage. I did feel though that Sir John Conroy, who was desperate to control the young Queen, is perhaps played too <more>
like a pantomime villain. As it is rumoured that he was in fact, the real father of Victoria as a result of an affair with her mother The Duchess of Kent it would have been interesting to explore this theory. Emily Blunt is totally convincing as the young Princess, trapped in the stifling palace with courtiers and politicians out to manipulate her. She brilliantly portrays the strength of character and determination that eventually made Victoria a great Queen of England, which prospered as never before, under her long reign. I believe word of mouth recommendations will ensure great success for this most enjoyable and wonderful looking movie.
Having to have someone hold your hand whenever walk up and down stairs? Having others taste your food before you eat it? Everyone including your overbearing mother dictating how you live? These are only a few of the obstacles which the young Victoria has to deal with in this film there's also the various power struggles going on, as well as attempts on her life . Needless to say, it makes for very fascinating and informative viewing.I had only previously seen Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada and little else . As she was in that film, she is once again the standout here. I was <more>
extremely impressed with her portrayal of the young Victoria, and thought she handled the role very well. She makes the transition from the young Victoria we meet at the start of the film to the Queen Victoria she becomes later entirely believable. Blunt is perfectly cast in the role, showing all the different sides from the vulnerable, to the strong, from the young Victoria who makes mistakes to the Queen who takes control . Not enough can be said about Emily Blunt in this role. She's - quite simply - exquisite, commanding your attention every second she's on screen. She keeps you transfixed up to and including the final shot of the film.Rupert Friend proves to also be well-cast as Victoria's love interest and eventual husband , Prince Albert. The actors have nice chemistry and you absolutely believe in their developing relationship. They have their disagreements, but you can tell that they are in love. Blunt and Friend are excellent in every scene that they share and keep you interested in what is happening between Victoria and Albert. The other actors in the film are also very good. Paul Bettany as Lord Melbourne, Miranda Richardson as the Duchess of Kent, Mark Strong as Sir John Conroy and Jim Broadbent as King William. There is not a single bad performance in this film. The less-focused-upon people are well-portrayed also, given what little screen time they have. Even Victoria's dog a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Dash is memorable and makes an impact in the film.Although the movie does tend to skip more than a few aspects of Victoria's life - especially at the end - and instead *tells* us what happened with her and Albert on screen, what matters the most is what we actually *see*. This is, after all, a film about 'The Young Victoria' not 'The Middle-Aged Victoria', nor 'The Old Victoria' . While there are some embellishments made on history with this film, it remains focused on what it sets out to do - which is tell us the story of how the young princess rose to power.The movie looks amazing, the costumes Emily Blunt wears are visually stunning and the music only adds to the film, never detracts from it. It's powerful especially at the beginning when Victoria is crowned , it packs an emotional punch where needed and the end credits song performed by Sinead O'Connor is one you'll want to sit through. Like the film and lead performances, 'Only You' is simply beautiful. The movie is exceptionally shot and, unlike a lot of films these days, it is actually a good length, as it doesn't run on so long that you lose interest or feel that it's needlessly being drawn out.It goes without saying that what makes this film so great is Emily Blunt. She's in fine form here, turning in another excellent performance and elevating this film above what it might have been, had another actress been cast in this rather important/historic role. This is one finely-crafted film, with excellent performances, that should definitely be seen. If you have an appreciation for a fascinating look at a woman who was extremely significant in history, this is a must-see.
I came across "The Young Victoria" quite by accident, so I was not expecting a lot before watching the film. I had a faint idea that storyline was about kings and queens, and cast included the beloved Emily Blunt.The story. There is nothing completely different from other monarch's history movies in "The Young Victoria". There is nothing less. The experience is like passing along the history line.The Characters. I did enjoy Emily Blunt's role, just as her acting, although I noticed that the change in her looks was too harsh. Bettany acted quite well. However, not <more>
all of his motives were clear. The scenery. Every time I watch a British movie, I see lots and lots of marvelous palaces and wonderful gardens. I saw it in this movie to. Nice, delicately presented and sweet. The goal. I hope this film will help us understand more about what queens life looks like, what pressures can people face and how they react. Finally, I hope everyone who comes across "Young Victoria" will not get disappointed, as there is no need to be.
A touching romance and a gripping human drama (by JamesHitchcock)
Apart from having the longest reign in British history 63 years , Queen Victoria also holds two other distinctions. She was, apart from our current Queen, the oldest ever British monarch, living to the age of 81. And she was also the youngest ever British as opposed to English or Scottish monarch, coming to the throne as a girl of eighteen. And yet whenever television or the cinema make a programme or film about her, they seem far more interested in the older Victoria than they do in the young girl; the version of Victoria with which modern audiences will probably be most familiar is Judi <more>
I went into this expecting not to like it; I figured it would be terribly worthy and earnest, and rather plodding and dull.It's actually far better than that, and I found myself really enjoying it. I don't know too much about Queen Victoria beyond what most know - married to Albert, who died young, and she mourned him ever after. Seeing the circumstances she grew up under was fascinating; in fact I found myself wishing I'd seen more of the story, and I imagine we may see a sequel at some point.Visually the film is stunning. The sets and costumes are incredibly lavish without being <more>
too gaudy and over the top. The acting is top notch from everybody involved.In a word, it was great!
To be Blunt, haha, Emily B does beautiful work in this lovely bit of historical drama (by inkblot11)
Princess Victoria Emily Blunt is in line for the throne of England. The present King William Jim Broadbent is not well and may not live long. However, Vicky's scheming mother, The Duchess of Kent Miranda Richandson and her aide, John Mark Strong want to force Victoria to sign papers declaring them to be the "regents" until she is older, since she is only 20 years of age. The young lady refuses, despite John slapping her around. It is another sign that Victoria has a strong will and deep love for her country. Yet, when William does pass away, shortly after her 21st <more>
birthday, Victoria knows she has a heavy duty before her. First, she must surround herself with the "right" advisers to govern wisely. She chooses handsome Lord Melbourne Paul Bettany who, although an older man, is mentioned as a suitor for Vicky. Which brings us to the young queen's second major decision. Sooner than not, the young queen should select her future mate, as it will bring stability to her life and to those of the kingdom, for an heir must appear in the coming years. Meanwhile, in Germany, some distant relatives of the British royal family are hatching some plans as well. Handsome Prince Albert Rupert Friend , of the Saxon-Coburg dynasty, is prodded by his father to court the young English royal. Once he arrives at the palace, he is smitten and the feeling seems to be mutual. But, since he is a minor player on the map of royal match-making, can he succeed in winning her heart? This is a lovely film, made even better by a completely winning performance by Emily Blunt as Victoria. Yes, she is beautiful but it is her intelligent reading of the role that scores mightily. Friend, too, does well, as do the other actors, including Broadbent, Richardson, Bettany, Strong what a repulsive role! , and the rest. Also, the movie is gorgeously shot, costumed, and set, making it a visual treat in every way. If anything is lacking, it is an extra dose of dazzle, as the film seems a bit too straightforward and prosaic, at times, with a somewhat unimaginative edit. However, this is only a minor, minor point of argument in an overall very successful and gorgeous film. In short, young and old, should make time for Young Victoria. It is a most worthy film among 2009 cinematic offerings.