Running Time: 1 hr. 44 min.
Release Date: December 18th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild sensuality, a scene of violence, and brief incidental language and smoking.
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallee
JJ Rating: A-
It is a story that explains how Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) came to be the longest reigning monarch in England’s history. The Young Victoria.
There is not really a powerful villainous person. There are two men who want power who try to control Victoria in their own way, but based on how it is shown in the film there’s not a showdown. It’s more of a girl coming into her own kind of film. She doesn’t know if she has enough whatever it takes to be Queen. She is always seeking someone’s reassurance that she is doing the right thing at the right time.
Emily Blunt is raising phoenix of sorts. She started off as a flame that burned bright and now she’s gaining attention with different parts that show off her range. Her wings are expanding and she’s about to soar and force people to notice her. This movie was a two actor show staring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend (who plays Prince Albert). Friend a great counter weight to Blunt’s brooding need to prove herself. He is the cool water to her molten expressiveness and together they create endearing steam. Their chemistry on screen is far less cheesy than my description.
I shake my head when it comes to the clothing. I don’t understand the plaid. I don’t understand funky women hats. I do like the jackets that look like vest with tails. The costumes were eye-catching. I wouldn’t know if they were accurate or not. I do know if they are awkward.
The Young Victoria has charm with the powerful Blunt taking charge not only via character who is and does become Queen, but by her strong acting that is only rivaled by Friend’s cool disposition. There is minor conflict with these two characters that is rather amusing. Then there is a difficult relationship with a mother that works itself out with glances, hesitation and a letter. A the climax of the story there is a “boom” moment of sorts.
It is emotional when one can see that a couple is very into one another; that they have a lot of love for the other. The Young Victoria showed a powerful couple come to be and a powerful marriage that survived titles, threats and much more. Victoria and Albert belonged together like Blunt and Friend’s chemistry revealed. It was a fairy tale in the way the story seemed to play out. Only one thing was bad and it was the lack of good music.
I give it an A- because I had a good time watching The Young Victoria and enjoyed its heart and couple promoting. There are a lot of negative couples everywhere and it is nice to see a positive couple that happened to be historical and also that had difficult times but ultimately enjoyed working together. My favorite line in the entire movie is, I believe, the most powerful line in the entire movie. Victoria asked Albert if he was ever tired of being a chess piece in this game their family played and he said yes. Then she asked him should she not find a husband to play it for her and his answer (which totally, if were in fact what actually happened, sealed the deal of them getting married one day) was…actually I’ll just post the entire conversation and show how well I remember what was said without looking:
Princess Victoria: Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself? In a game being played against your will.
Prince Albert: Do you?
Princess Victoria: Constantly. I see them leaning in and moving me around the board.
Prince Albert: The Duchess and Sir John?
Princess Victoria: Not just them. Uncle Leopold. The king. I'm sure half the politicians are ready to seize hold of my skirts and drag me from square to square.
Prince Albert: Then you had better master the rules of the game until you play it better than they can.
Princess Victoria: You don't recommend I find a husband to play it for me?
Prince Albert: I should find one to play it with you, not for you.
[And there's the clip. Awesome!]
That last line by Prince Albert was powerful and smart and so got him the girl. He did not think for her but aided her in thinking for herself. This is why he was a keeper. This also shows why I enjoyed The Young Victoria. It has powerful language that is stern and it’s very like social chess.
The Young Victoria showed me that being a Princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be with everything from being over protected to being babied to being told how to use one’s brain. Guess I’ll have to pick something else to be when I grow up.