The Young Victoria

Who doesn’t love costume dramas with British accents, a love story and royalty?  Its hard to step out from behind Masterpiece Theater and jump to the big screen but The Young Victoria manages to be interesting to more than just Jane Austen enthusiasts.

The story is unmistakeably a love story.  That is the core of the film but along the way you get royal court drama.  The movie focuses on Victoria’s, Emily Blunt, years before becoming Queen and the years following her getting crowned.  Victoria was only 18 when she gained the throne and because of her young age politicians, foreign royals and family members all tried to wiggle their way into her reign and control of England.  Another pawn in this game is her future husband Prince Albert, Rubert Friend.  The film revolves around their long distance relationship and rules regarding marriage to a Queen.

Emily Blunt carries the weight of the film on her shoulders.  Although she is known for small roles, such as the catty assistant in the Devil Wears Prada, she succeeds in bringing Victoria to life.  She embodies the firmness, compassion and stoicism needed to carry out a parody of such a influential monarch.  Victoria has to switch back and forth between loving consort and adamant public figure.  Emily shined more as the precious lover.   Emily Blunt earned a much deserved Golden Globe nomination for her role.

One of the more significant parts of the film was the soundtrack.  It was an excellent symphony, by Ilan Eshkeri, that pushed love scenes and added to the romance of the film.  Specifically, the song honeymoon which was played over Victoria and Albert’s first night and morning together is touching and overwhelmingly idyllic.  The song was in constant replay in my mine following my screening of the film.  Sinead O’Connor voices the theme song for the film which play over the credits.  The song conforms to the rest of the soundtrack and the words tells the love of Victoria and Albert in terms of social order in a very interesting way

Supporting roles are numerous and even feature a British Princess.  Beatrix, daughter of producer, Sarah Ferguson, plays a lady in waiting in a cameo.  Miranda Richardson plays Victoria’s mother and hated court figure in an amazing performance.  By the end of the film you feel compassion for this disgraced royal.

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