Plot[ edit ] Victoria is a Spanish girl who moved to Berlin and has been living there for three months. She works in a cafe for a meager wage, and does not know anybody in the new city. In addition, she does not speak much German, and her only common language with the people around her is English.
Share via Email Young Vic Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria. Martin Scorsese in the s, his great collaborations with De Niro behind him, his best director Oscar yet to come. Scorsese yearns for something to provide the ultimate validation of his creative and professional existence.
Confessionally, he blurts out the words. At any rate her daughter, Princess Beatrice, gets a worryingly prominent non-speaking cameo at the very beginning, giving the proceedings an unfortunate vanity-project feel.
Yet the film has been written by that formidably clever and capable man Julian Fellowes, the author of Gosford Park. As a teenage queen, she could savour the delicious intrigue of power and the exquisite exercise of prerogative and caprice: The story begins as the teenage beauty is bullied and sequestered by an overweening mother, the Duchess of Kent Miranda Richardsonherself the mere puppet of an ambitious politician Sir John Conroy Mark Strong.
Forbidden even to walk up and down the stairs without a maid to hold her hand, Victoria must endure innumerable indignities until attaining her majority at the age of 18, and then afterwards assuming the throne on the death of William IV, a rousingly bewigged turn from Jim Broadbent.
But monarchy is a lonely business. The friendship of a charming and worldly cynic Lord Melbourne Paul Bettany is not enough. Victoria is to find passionate love in the arms of Prince Albert, her young German cousin, played by Rupert Friend.
The casting of Emily Blunt as Young Victoria was much anticipated. This is a star who in the past has impressed with her smouldering mischief, knowing smile and old-fashioned sexiness - particularly in her debut, My Summer of Love, and later in the high-fashion comedy The Devil Wears Prada.
Emily Blunt is a black-belt minx: But this applies to naughty roles only. Now she has to be nice, and any naughtiness is suggested only by exasperatingly oblique suggestions: Blunt is never really allowed to let rip. All that coiled feline sensuality stays coiled. The awful truth is that there is something very, very unsexy in her sweetly uxorious relationship with Prince Albert.
They were devoted to each other, of course, and how perfectly lovely for them. But it makes for a boring movie especially as, for an awful lot of the time, they are apart, in different countries, communicating with each other, and us, by letter.
I longed for Blunt to throw propriety to the winds, grab Sir Robert Peel by the back of the neck, force him into a snog and then, once he is sexually enslaved and urgently stumbling out of his trousers, to drop-kick him out of the window with a maniacal laugh.
And the bedroom scenes coyly show Victoria in a very long and unrevealing nightgown - the sort of thing Les Dawson used for drag scenes. There is something more sexy, and more dramatic, in the interplay of power between Victoria and her various courtiers.
She gets some amusing badinage with Melbourne and has a nice moment of cold rejection and disdain on meeting for the last time the utterly defeated Sir John Conroy.
That has a charge quite absent from the central, romantic story. But really, I spent an hour and three-quarters waiting for this movie to start.
I suspect that a kind of red-carpet fever had settled in, and a tone of celebratory reverence for Victoria predominates; the film sometimes tasted like a damp slice of Balmoral-heritage shortbread.
Personally, I should like to see Emily Blunt in a different Royal role, in the classic 30s abdication-era drama, in which she would play the young Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon brutally pursuing her feud with Mrs Wallis Simpson - who could perhaps be played by Reese Witherspoon.
That would give her something to get her teeth into.Apr 19, · The Young Victoria is a classically lush BBC-style period drama, taking viewers through a romantic history lesson that’s both beautiful and involving.
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Victoria is to find passionate love in the arms of Prince Albert, her young German cousin, played by Rupert Friend. The casting of Emily Blunt as Young Victoria was much anticipated. Certainly by me. Movie reviews, news and features from critics and reporters of The New York Times.
Dec 16, · Orson Welles allegedly said a movie studio was the best toy train set a child could ever desire. He should have been Queen Victoria. She was crowned in , and ruled until , queen of the greatest empire the world has ever known.3/5. Philosophy explores the complex and ever-evolving questions that we face in our everyday lives in a rational and critical way.
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