Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Young Victoria

a romantic love story of the most severe kind

Not that many people read my blog, but if you do I urge you to see this film. It is so incredibly wonderful. If you go only to see the beautiful decor of Buckingham Palace the stunning, colorful dresses and the lush English landscape you will be mesmerized. I loved these aspects of the film, but it was the history and romance that captured my heart. Queen Victoria is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing and fascinating rulers in history, reigning the United Kingdom for more than 63 years. It’s natural that her long life would be an interesting subject for a movie--although I would have preferred a mini-series like BBC's Pride and Prejudice since this short little movie left me wanting much more, like five hours more.

The film focuses mainly on Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne and her relationship and early years of marriage with Prince Albert. We see a romantic 18 year old girl who likes to have fun and be free but who struggles to be herself and not be manipulated and controlled by those around her. I thought the casting was perfect and the romance completely sweet and touching and times. Queen Victoria (Ruthie Pigface Draper)* was adorable to watch and very believable as the young queen, and I loved the chemistry between she and Albert (Rupert Friend). As always, Nick and I left the nearly empty theater wondering why we only get a gem like this once every year or two, and why they aren't more popular in our culture. Go see it. You'll love it. Oh, and don't miss the song at the end by Sinead--that's being downloaded now.

*Dan in Real Life..it took me a minute, but I got it!


VEGAS VIC said...

Waiting for the music. Can't wait to see the movie. Got to have a visit with Nicholas. Fun!

Jayne Layne said...

That was so good! I really liked it, not sure Jon was grasping the plot.... But I'm sure he was intrigued when that window broke. I'd see it again!

Jayne Layne said...

Oh dear me, what just happened???

Suzanne said...

I REALLY, REALLY, REALLy want to see this. I have heard nothing but greatness when people talk about this film. Just trying to find the time is the prob. Hmmm... I am setting a goal, this will happen! Thanks for the review! -suzanne

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review. I will see it! Now to track it down within a hundred miles of Happy Valley.... Love, Aunt Nancy

P.S. Probably easier and faster to drive to LA.

Ann Marie said...

A romance? I'm in!
You sold me at " Beautiful decor..stunning dresses.. english landscape.. or and again.. the romance.

I think I'll try this weekend..
I need it.

2 nights ago.. I watched Marie Antoinette just for the "eye candy" factor. The movie was not for me... but the pastries, landscape, dresses and decor was worth the 2 hours!

I hope we can find time to talk soon.. I would love it too! :)

Kimmie said...

What a gorgeous picture. Your description makes me want to go and see it right now.

I have been wanting to send you an email, but it's been a busy month. One is coming shortly.

This world is full of amazing people like yourself that inspire...that's what you have done to me! I find inspiration and joy each time I visit your blog.

I hope you are having a great day and hopefully this movie is playing at a local theater and Tracy and I can go on one of our Friday night dates to enjoy it.

Happy Wednesday!

jill said...

I definitely want to see this!

Anonymous said...

loved it!!!! Kel