Movie Review: The Young Victoria (2009)

27 September 2011

Pride and Prejudice. Sense and Sensibility. Emma. Sense a recurring theme? They're all written by Jane Austen, and they all take place during the regency period. And as much as I love them all, I was thrilled to find another period drama that is placed in a different era. What era would that be, you ask? The Victorian era. :)

The Young Victoria
*Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend

As the only legitimate heir of England's King William, young Princess Victoria becomes caught up in the political machinations of her own family. Victoria's mother wants her to sign a regency order, while her Belgian uncle schemes to arrange a marriage between the future monarch and Prince Albert, the man who will become the love of her life.
My Thoughts: From the moment this movie began, I knew I would love it. Everything about TYV is vibrant and colorful and just plain beautiful. I loved the scenery, too. A few of Victoria's hairstyles were strange, but I think Emily Blunt wore them well. Albert was my ideal gentleman: handsome, polite, witty, kind, and strong of character. He also loved Victoria for herself -- not her throne. I really liked how Victoria eventually acknowledged that she needed to let Albert assist her in ruling, especially since you don't see that much in modern films. I can't give an honest opinion on the historical accuracy, though, since I haven't done much studying on the real Queen Victoria. *blushes* This film definitely got me excited to do a little more research behind the longest reigning monarch in British history.  

Pros: The story really draws you in and the dialogue is wonderful. The soundtrack took my breath away and added the perfect touch to each scene. The costumes are lovely and almost completely modest, which made me happy, since in most period dramas I have seen the ladies wear extremely low-necked gowns. 

Cons: There is quite a bit of romance between Victoria and Albert. Most of it happens after they are married, which makes it not so bad, but it's still there. We skipped one or two scenes; not because they were necessarily inappropriate, just kind of awkward. There  is some violence, but it is more dramatic than bloody. One use of the word "d--n".

Memorable Quotes:

Victoria: "You don't suggest I find a husband to play it for me?"
Albert: "I should find one who would play it with you, not for you."

Victoria: "Some palaces are not at all what they seem. Even a palace can be a prison."

Prince Albert: [accepting his letter from Victoria] "As a matter of interest, will a time come when I read them first?"
Baron Stockmar: "You'll enjoy this. She has a real flair for description."

*romantic sigh* 

Victoria: [to the Council] "I am young, but I am willing to learn, and I mean to devote my life to the service of my country and my people. I look for your help in this. I know I shall not be disappointed."

Queen Adelaide: "You are confusing stubbornness with strength, my dear. And I warn you, the people will not like you for it."

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

And my ending thoughts are: go see it! My main complaint about the movie was that it seemed far too short (that's a good sign, right? :)). 

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9 epistles:

  1. I watched this movie very soon after it came out and loved it! Such a great film :)

  2. Haha! I agree with everything you said, especially that last part! I had watched it in two segments, cause I started it late at night, so when the end came, I was a little irked.

    So glad you enjoyed it! :D

  3. Thank you for sharing this lovely review... I have enjoyed Jane Austen's movies, and as this one is somewhat like them, I am sure that I would enjoy it!

    In Christ,

  4. My whole family watched this movie and we loved it, even my brothers which is kinda rare, everything you described made it wonderful, the dresses the acting it was a very sweet story and it was nice that it wasn't a austin story it seems Hollywood loves to keep making adaptions of the same movies and books. the scenery and the music were the best parts . I do love a period drama and I love the victorian era. I'm excited to see the new adaption of Jane Eyre do you think you will see it ?
    Rachel Hope

  5. Saw this in theaters and LOVED IT! I have to say it is at or near the top of my list of favorite movies!

  6. Lovely movie! I've only seen it once, but hope to again soon. I watched it with my older sister, and she skipped a couple scenes as well.

    The Regency period is great for movies (well, granted, I haven't seen any that weren't Jane Austen); but there are some great Victorian films. I love the time period - although it was quite a long period, unlike Regency, and some people might think of Victorian as later or earlier than other people would.
    Have you seen any Charles Dickens films? I think those are all Victorian. There are some I really like. =)

  7. Came across your blog doing a keyword search for "sigh" lovely.

    I just watched (a couple of months ago) *The Young Victoria* with a special someone, and we found it so passionately romantic that it was almost dangerous! Have you seen *Victoria and Albert* (2001) which came out first as a miniseries? Also an excellent choice, and you might enjoy comparing them.

    However, I'm curious as to the scenes you found "awkward." Is it because you're so young? I think it's interesting that an era that is primarily recognized as one of modesty and restraint was headed by a woman who was clearly not a dainty, blushing maiden when in the company of her husband within the privacy of their bedroom.

    I look forward to reading more from you. It's enchanting!

  8. I have to agree with you that this film was lovely and a delight to see; however, I feel that at least one scene was indeed inappropriate, and I had to fast forward over it. I believe that there is no need to show marital intimacy in the bedroom - we all know what marriage is and don’t need it acted out, however subtle it may be.

    I highly appreciated the fine acting and the superior quality put into every detail of the film.

    ~From Jane to You~


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