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The Young Victoria 2009


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From Academy Award winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese comes the story of Queen Victoria's early rise to power. From an object of a royal power-struggle in to her romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert, Emily Blunt gives a stunning performance as the young Victoria.

Rupert Friend, Thomas Kretschmann
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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Rupert Friend, Thomas Kretschmann, Jesper Christensen, Morven Christie, Emily Blunt, Julian Glover, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Mark Strong, Miranda Richardson, Paul Bettany
Director Jean-Marc Vallee
Genres Drama
Rental release 13 July 2009
Main languages English

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127 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 12 July 2009
Format: DVD
Well, I came to this one rather dreading it. National critics had given it something of a bashing. But it is super!

Young Victoria was the only surviving issue of several sons of George III ("Farmer George"). Two of her uncles, George IV (who made Brighton Pavilion) and his brother William IV (known as the "Sailor King" and "Silly Billy") had preceded her as monarch. Unfortunately for Victoria, her father, the Duke of Kent, died very early and her mother, the Duchess, fell under the spell of - not to put too fine a point on it - a conman in the shape of (later knighted as "Sir") John Conroy. Sensing the prospect of power, the two of them raised poor Victoria in a repressive background at Kensington Palace, dubbing their tyrannical regime "The Kensington System."

This is where the film starts. I loved it. Victoria is played with emotional literacy and verve by Emily Blunt. Miranda Richardson is restrained and blinkered as the Duchess and Mark Strong makes a villainous Conroy, slapping Victoria as she refuses to sign a document making him Regent.

Several of the other actors are so good that their identity in the cast list came as a PLEASANT SURPRISE (hence the title of this review). Jim Broadbent is great as crusty old William IV, asking God to let him hang on until May, when Victoria comes of age. (Thankfully, she did - and banished Conroy from her Court on her accession.) Michael Maloney puts in good work as Sir Robert Peel who Victoria clashes with politically. Paul Bettany is fabulous, if somewhat too young, as Lord Melbourne, Victoria's adviser and crush.

But the honours go to the dashing Rupert Friend, wonderful as Prince Albert. Albert - German and Royal and not popular with Parliament - is utterly rehabilitated in this film.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Katrina-UK on 6 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD
I saw this film at the cinema, and it wasn't just me saying it was a great film. I overheard everyone leaving the cinema, and everyone was saying that it was fantastic. I wouldn't consider myself a royalist (and didn't know anything about Queen Victoria), however I still thoroughly enjoyed this film of her younger years. The acting was superb, the costumes stunning and the locations superb. You also couldn't beat the fabulous music, in particular the choir rendition of 'Zadok The Priest' which gave me goosebumps.

Don't think for a second that as it is a period film there is a lot of doom and gloom, because it is quite the opposite. This is a beautiful love story, with quite a lot of humour in it. Overall as far as period drama's go, this is one of the best.

One of my favourite scenes was the ball scene where Princess Victoria and Albert have their first dance. It was a heartstopping moment to say the least, and that is when she realises just how much she likes him.

The film shows how lighthearted Victoria was in her younger years with that spring in her step, whilst at the same time pursuing her duty of becoming Queen and knowing her responsibilities. Albert also knows his responsibilities, and is initially thrust upon her, but upon their first meeting is immediately smitten. Albert has plans of how he can help people, in particular the poorer communities. When Queen Victoria's reign is dealt a blow due to her over-reliance and flirtations with Prime Minister Melbourne (and as a result every person in the street is threatening her safety), Prince Albert saves the monarchy and Queen Victoria proposes. They become the perfect partnership, helping each other, and sharing the same vision by helping those less fortunate.

Highly Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Thomas on 23 Mar. 2010
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This film is just beautiful I can't stop watching it! All the actors in this are fantastic but Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend are superb.
As someone that loves their history, especially the Victorians, yes there are parts that aren't 100% historically accurate but you usually find with most films now that they don't stick to actual history as it doesn't sell tickets or DVD's! It covers the "Kensington System" in the film as well as her naivety when it came to Lord Melbourne and of course her relationship with Prince Albert.

As some have suggested it skips from one place to another somewhat but personally it did not affect me, if you watch the deleted scenes you will see some perhaps important scenes that were not included in the final cut(for example Lady Flora Hastings). Also the other dvd extras are very good to watch.

But the main reason I love this film is for the love story which blossoms between Victoria and Albert which is done in such a beautiful way. We see them fall in love with each other, something that wasn't really meant to happen as Albert had been selected as a possible candidate for Victoria since their childhood. The film really does make you realise perhaps why Victoria went into such a deep state of mourning, because they adored each other which is portrayed so well in the film by Emily and Rupert.

The costumes are gorgeous as well as the settings and script writing, and the music in this is stunning and really suits every scene(as someone that is in their very late teens this is quite a statement for me!)This is truely a beautiful film. Maybe not everybodys cup of tea but it certainly is mine!!
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