September 30, 2010

The Young Victoria

 Today I went to the library and finally found a copy of "The Young Victoria".  I'd been looking for it every time I went to the library for several months, but it was always checked out and for some reason I never ordered it online.  I finally was able to borrow it today, and even though I can only have it for three days, and had to pay a dollar since it is a "hot" video, it was worth it.  It was so worth it.

"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.


  1. Emily Blunts only other role before this movie was in The Devil Wears Prada
    As the dieting employer.

  2. This is one of my new favorite movies too! So lovely! I want one of her dresses, though! ; )

    My family, after seeing this movie, got the BBC movie, "Victoria and Albert" which is also very well done, and it goes into more detail, as it is much longer. You might want to check that one out too!

  3. Ahh!!! You saw it!!!! We shall have to watch it together on a weekend sometime!!!

  4. Guess what! We just SAW the place where it was filmed :P I literally stood where the table was in one of the early scenes of the party at her uncle's house. No pictures though :( Now I need to see the movie again.

  5. You'll never believe this: on Friday we saw THE castle that the banquet was filmed in. Cool, huh? I wasn't able to take pics of the inside, but if you go to (I think) you can see some pictures of the entire castle... also check out my blog for gardens and outside :)

  6. I love that movie! My Dad even loves it!

  7. I saw that movie. My little sisters name is Victoria. and we were stuyding her. Very good movie. Great blog.


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