September 30, 2010
The Young Victoria
"The Young Victoria" tells in part the story of Queen Victoria and her struggle to be the Ruler of England. But more importantly, it tells the story of how Victoria, the sole ruler of England, found the sole ruler of her heart - Prince Albert.
Before I go further, a note to any parents or careful older siblings: there are some marriage scenes, but anything is implied, rather than explicit. All are clothed and on the whole, they are very tastefully and beautifully done. I personally would have no problem with my younger siblings viewing this film with me. As far as swearing, there was only one word in the entire film.
The characters are very well cast, featuring Emily Blunt, whom I have not seen before, as Victoria, Rupert Friend, whom I have seen as Mr. Wikham in "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) as Prince Albert. There was also appearances by Miranda Richardson (Madame Giry, "The Phantom of the Opera"), Jim Broadbent (Professor Kirke, "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe") and Harriet Walter (Fanny Dashwood, "Sense and Sensibility" and - Yavi, you'll like this - Mrs. Gowan, "Little Dorrit.") The costumes were absolutely beautiful... and the musical score was just gorgeous.
And of course, the story. A lovely young woman, a terribly handsome young man, a wonderful romance, a happy marriage - and best of all, it's real.