Monday, February 1, 2010
The Young Victoria
About a month ago, my mom and I went to see The Young Victoria. We LOVED it! I know the term loved is so extremely over used, but it's true. We didn't want this movie to end, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
The movie starts with a brief glimpse of Victoria's life growing up. Poor girl. The focus quickly shifts to her young adulthood, and the rest is history.
Albert was originally sent to England to woo Victoria, but instead really falls for her for, and she for him. He is honest with her and speaks his mind. Victoria needs and appreciates this. Family members treat Victoria and Albert like pawns, but forget they are very astute people. After marriage and some growing pains, Victoria and Albert come into their own. They are in love and the masters of their own destiny, and what a legacy they leave behind. The movie ends shortly after the birth of their first child...I think. Sorry my memory is fuzzy, regardless it is very early in Queen Victoria's reign.
Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend were excellent in their roles. You could feel their agonies and ecstasies, and their fears about the future. The real world melted away as we watched this movie. Sometimes with historical fiction movies, one tends to notice the gowns and scenery much more than the acting, not so in this case. The acting took center stage and the beautiful clothing and houses were a distant second. (Sorry costume designer.) It should be noted that, all of the parts were well casted.
Can't you just feel the love folks?
So if you are looking to escape the real world for a short time, go see this movie. You will not be disappointed, except to see it end. A sequel would be nice, Duchess Fergie. Just saying.