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      The Young Victoria

      PG Released Jan 8, 2010 1h 44m History Drama Romance List
      76% Tomatometer 157 Reviews 74% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings As the only legitimate heir of England's King William, teenage Victoria (Emily Blunt) gets caught up in the political machinations of her own family. Victoria's mother (Miranda Richardson) wants her to sign a regency order, while her Belgian uncle schemes to arrange a marriage between the future monarch and Prince Albert (Rupert Friend), the man who will become the love of her life. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Emily Blunt shines as Victoria in this romantic but plodding royal portrait.

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      Deborah Ross The Spectator Look, this is a well-groomed film, and an earnest film, full of the things you will like if you like this kind of film... but it somehow fails to convey any real tension. It's lovely to look at, but also peculiarly inert and leaden. Aug 29, 2018 Full Review Ed Koch The Atlantic The acting is fine, and while the plot is somewhat stale and very slow in taking shape, it is never boring. Those who like opulent movies in dress and scenery will love this movie. Regrettably, they will also soon forget it after they leave. Jan 16, 2018 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: B+ Apr 21, 2012 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Aimless though it may be, the film’s director Jean-Marc Vallée shoots the costumes and the architecture with a sharp eye, even if the characters filling them don’t always keep our attention. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 22, 2023 Full Review Felicia Feaster Charleston City Paper Playing up the romantic angle to a skin-crawling degree, The Young Victoria peters out with the kind of anachronistic "you complete me" movie love song by Sinead O'Connor that threatens to sink the whole enterprise in a river of schmaltz. Jan 23, 2020 Full Review Amie Simon Three Imaginary Girls The chemistry between Victoria and Albert is white hot, and as the young Queen, Emily Blunt commands the screen with such grace and ease that I'm surprised it took this long for her to get such a great starring role. Mar 9, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Matthew D A magnificent picture elegant in design and modern in its empathy for Victoria's choices. Canadian auteur Jean-Marc Vallée's British period romance drama The Young Victoria (2009) is masterfully crafted and has an intimate feeling like we really see how Victoria felt before and during her legendary reign as Queen of England. Vallée brings a slick modern direction that is also tender and caring. Vallée excels during his beautiful waltz sequence like Victoria and Albert are flying. His unique direction feels playful and perceptive. The Young Victoria fits nicely with Vallée's other female fronted projects like Wild, Big Little Lies, or Sharp Objects. Producers Martin Scorsese, Graham King, Tim Headington, and Sarah Ferguson assembled a wondrous team of talent to reimagine Victoria's emotional life. Casting director Susie Figgis found fantastic dramatic actors and actresses, especially an inspired choice of Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria. Writer Julian Fellowes brings a smart complexity and emotional realness to allow audiences to relate to the progressive Queen Victoria's romantic life, royal hopes for the poor, and clever wit to outsmart royal meddling by those who would manipulate or seduce her. Fellowes' script is so brilliant because of his sincere empathy for how Victoria would feel being raised in isolation and brought to court surrounded by the aristocracy who seek to control her. Fellowes nails her personal desires for a loving husband whom she can speak with candidly for support and ideas, while also seeking to be a strong queen despite her youth and inexperience. The Young Victoria is well written by the famous English writer Julian Fellowes. Emily Blunt is pitch perfect as a young, impressionable, intelligent, and insecure Queen Victoria as she ascends to power and finds true love. Blunt is breathtakingly gorgeous with a refined elegance befitting royalty. Her Victoria feels expressly modern and concerned for the poor masses of England, while aware of her own frustrations with her lack of agency as monarch. I'd say that The Young Victoria remains Emily Blunt's most captivating, loving, and impressive dramatic acting of her illustrious career. Vallée lets Blunt be a starlet with a gentle and subtle grace as his heroine Queen Victoria. Rupert Friend is nervous, passionate, caring, and charming as Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Friend can feel romantic and eager, while also showing Albert's apprehensiveness at everything being Victoria's choice in their relationship. He's very handsome and likable in The Young Victoria with a sweet romantic chemistry opposite the lovely Emily Blunt. Paul Bettany plays an excellent seducer and sleaze in the guise of an informed friend as Lord Melbourne. Miranda Richardson is pretty and indignant as the impertinent Duchess of Kent, conniving for a way to manipulate money and power from her daughter Victoria. Mark Strong is fierce and imposing as the controlling and demanding Sir John Conroy. His fury and insistence shows his desperation to control Victoria by any means he can conjure. Jim Broadbent is loud, concerned, and outrageously funny as King William IV. Thomas Kretschmann is shrewd as the clever King Leopold I of Belgium, who seeks to ally England and Belgium through Albert's marriage to Victoria. Jesper Christensen is excellent as the cunning Baron Stockmar who molds Albert to be the perfect suitor for Victoria. Harriet Walter's Queen Adelaide is supportive and nice. Jeanette Hain is appreciated as the always worried and kind Baroness Louise Lehzen, who is out for Victoria's best interests. Julian Glover's stern and blunt portrayal of The Duke of Wellington comes across as honest and mature. Editors Jill Bilcock and Matt Garner really cut carefully to always focus on Victoria's reactions and feelings as others try to order or manipulate her. Their deft editing shows off an impressive precision and expressiveness unique to Vallée's style. Bilcock and Garner's swift cutting style creates a brisk pace that lets 105 minutes breeze by easily. Cinematographer Hagen Bogdanski has a sleek and lush camera style. I love the way the camera slowly pans forward or around Victoria. Every close-up and medium shot feels intimate like we're right next to Emily Blunt. Production designer Patrice Vermette recreates classic English royal locations in Victoria's era. Art direction from Alexandra Walker, Chris Lowe, and Paul Inglis has a golden glow and brilliant lighting. Maggie Gray's set decoration is quite ornate and fun to look at throughout The Young Victoria. Composer Ilan Eshkeri's mesmerizing orchestral film score is really resplendent. His gentle piano parts and soft string add a loving touch to The Young Victoria. Costume designer Sandy Powell delivers phenomenally luxurious and detailed period accurate gowns for Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria. Her lush color choices bring a vibrant brightness and extravagant elegance with every lovely dress. Powell should be proud of her pristine gowns and regal garments for The Young Victoria. Makeup artist Jenny Shircore does pretty pink blush and very neat ladylike makeup for Emily Blunt's charming face. Hairstyling from Jon Henry Gordon puts up the court's lady haircuts in very poise regalia. In conclusion, The Young Victoria continues to charm me with its stunning technical precision from Canada's late master director Jean-Marc Vallée alongside Emily Blunt's intelligent cunning, playful charm, deep empathy, and sheer beauty as Queen Victoria. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/22/23 Full Review Valerie T For anyone that likes period pieces, the Young Victoria depicts one of the most venerated monarchs in UKs history as human and vulnerable and how she grew stronger and more capable in those first years of her reign. The love story between her and Albert is one for the ages and its sweet beginning is endearing to watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/14/23 Full Review Joe R Sets, cinematography, costumes, and cast are top notch, but there is absolutely no story. Not sure why everyone is rating this film so highly. I really do enjoy Julian Fellowes' projects and I also like Emily Blunt, Paul Bettany, and Rupert Friend. In addition, I'm a big fan of historical fiction/costume dramas, but I was bored to tears by this film. I got through 90 minutes of it and wanted to shut it off, only 10 minutes before the end! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 04/09/23 Full Review isla s This is a pretty well made historical drama, with lots of lavish dances and pageantry shown. I liked the costumes and the cinematography generally. The story I was pretty familiar with, having seen the TV series Victoria and so on. Emily Blunt does give a good performance, while Rupert Friend plays prince Albert. It may be regarded as a little sentimental perhaps but I think it's a pretty decent film. all in all - just not exactly greatly memorable but equally not bad. I should note that there were quite a few instances of hushed dialogue, which I found a bit hard to follow entirely and so might frustrate some. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Jacqueline C I love period pieces but not all are fit to play the parts. This movie had great selection of actors in particular Emily blunt is this is superb. She plays the part of Victoria with such poise and perfectness and looks beautiful in the costuming. Prince Albert played a great roll also. All in all was informative movie but wrapped in enough beauty and wit to keep my attention and left me wanting to learn more about queen Victoria and her amazing reign! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/15/22 Full Review michael t Emily Blunt carries this film with a fine portrayal of the young Victoria. It shows the family and political intrigues she encountered both before and after she came to power. As a young woman monarch she quickly rose to the challenge, not without a few missteps along the way. Its main story is her romance with Prince Albert which is delicately portrayed. It is a bit slow moving at times. At an hour and forty minutes it still feels a little longer than it needs to be, but the story carried me along as I felt engaged with the main characters. If you like historical dramas, this should not disappoint. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis As the only legitimate heir of England's King William, teenage Victoria (Emily Blunt) gets caught up in the political machinations of her own family. Victoria's mother (Miranda Richardson) wants her to sign a regency order, while her Belgian uncle schemes to arrange a marriage between the future monarch and Prince Albert (Rupert Friend), the man who will become the love of her life.
      Jean-Marc Vallée
      Graham King, Martin Scorsese, Tim Headington, Sarah Ferguson
      Julian Fellowes
      Production Co
      GK Films
      PG (Brief Language|A Scene of Violence|Mild Sensuality|Smoking)
      History, Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 8, 2010, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 44m
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