February 1, 2010

A Classic Love Story (and just that).

{Victoria (Emily Blunt) and Albert (Rupert Friend)}

A frigid day during my recent visit to Maine meant I was curled up on one of the couches at the local independent theater, watching The Young Victoria and being transported to warmer scenes of England. The film depicts the early life of Britain's Queen Victoria as she makes her ascent to the throne as well as meets and marries her husband, Prince Albert. For all the dowdy images of Queen Victoria, Britain's longest reigning monarch, this movie revitalizes and romanticizes the Queen's 20-something experience.

The lush green of a British spring and summer, 'scapes brimming with beautiful landscaping and British blooms, laid to ease my chilled self! Simply, I adore this movie. It is a charming love story from start to finish - played beautiful by its actors and finishing in such a way as to pay full tribute to the history of its subject and also leave viewers completely satisfied, if not wanting for more.

Go see this movie for its rich, sweeping orchestral music (I bought the soundtrack from iTunes), the costumes (handsomely designed by Sandy Powell, who did the costumes for Shakespeare In Love), the excellent ensemble cast, and the unique cinematography. Splendid escapism!

Image found here at The Daily Mail.


  1. I am also looking forward to seeing this movie - more so now! I was hoping that someone would give it a little review, so thank you. I will put it on my list of must-sees!

  2. Can't wait to see this movie :-)

    Thanks for the lovely review!

  3. I want to see this! She's lovely!

  4. Sandy Powell got a well deserved Oscar nomination for the costumes! Double thumbs up, splendid escapism indeed.

  5. i was JUST thinking about this movie and am now even more anxious to go see it!

  6. Hace to se it!! Love movies were the clothes are old and beautiful!


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