Monday, January 11, 2010

"The Young Victoria"

I finally got to see The Young Victoria yesterday. It's only on at one theater around me, and luckily it was well worth the wait! It's a beautiful love story about Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. Though I'd visited the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, I'd never really given their story a second thought until now.

Actually, I didn't know much at all about the British monarch Victoria's life. This film gives us a glimpse of Victoria's (played by Emily Blunt of The Devil Wears Prada) early years as queen. Victoria becomes queen when she turns 18 and suffers from being pulled in all different directions by the people that surround her, including her mother.

She meets Prince Albert of Belgium, played by Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice), and is instantly smitten. Victoria has appointed Lord Melbourne (an unrecognizable Paul Bettany) as her personal secretary. Never thinking that she wanted to marry and be controlled by a man, Victoria's heart is changed after some poor decisions that have turned the people of England against her. She realizes that she wants Albert beside her.

Victoria and Albert married, and had nine children. He died young in his forties, and she set out clothes for him everyday until she died. Yes, it's a tearjerker! The Victorian era clothing in this film is incredible. The costumes definitely deserve an Oscar nom.

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