Written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, APPARITION presents The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt. Emily Blunt has already scored Golden Globe nomination and the entire film is predicted to snipe nod’s in multiple award departments this season.
Check out the review below…
- Director: Jean-Marc Valleev
- Writer: Julian Fellowes
- Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson
- Music: Ilan Eshkeri
- Cinematography by: Hagen Bogdanski
- Costume: Sandy Powell
The film essentially chronicles Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne, focusing on the early turbulent years of her reign as a mere teenager, and her legendary romance and marriage to Prince Albert.
- Victoria: Character/Performance: Victoria is wildly young to ascend the British throne, and is obviously inexperienced in the political field – yet she exudes this intrinsic sophistication and wisdom spiked with an air of youth. Blunt’s performance was entirely exquisite. We had to believe that this young woman possessed both the capabilities necessary to run a country, and the susceptibilities to influence from her general lack of experience. Blunt was fiercely convincing. I’m talking, Keira WHO?
- What’s Up Feminists: How refreshing to see a film that highlights a young woman of such rank in a totally positive, historically accurate light. The royal family is noted for reproducing a strong line of women, however Victoria is taking the crown during a time period that still underestimated the power of a female in such an esteemed position.
- Victoria/Albert’s Relationship: The British monarchy is notorious for it’s scandalous love affairs, but there’s something very ahead of its time about Victoria and Albert’s relationship. It appears to be one of the few healthy, and successful (both romantically and politically) marriages under the British throne. Initially, Albert is obviously encouraged to court the young queen for advantageous purposes, but he quickly realizes that he’s far more interested in her intelligence, wit, and confidence than the status she’d provide him with. More importantly, he has a strong desire to be her political partner and equal. That’s right all of you feminist readers – this chump wants to be a team player!
- Romance: Yes, I am a pitiful sucker for period pieces. 21st century society is repsonsible for the demise of this lovely form of correspondence thanks to Skype, Texting, AIM, BBM. Gross. However, thanks to 19th century technological ignorance, Victoria/Albert’s companionship really evolves in their letters – starting with an honest friendship that naturally escalates into something more promising.
- I am making an effort, I am. But this film blew me away.
If you appreciate a solid period piece, there is no way you won’t appreciate this movie. The story, acting, directing is fabulous. Now get out there and support this project, people!