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Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend star in the lavish historical drama, THE YOUNG VICTORIA. Resolved to establish her authority over those who rule in her stead, a young and inexperienced Queen Victoria (Blunt) draws strength from the love of Albert (Friend), the handsome prince who’s stolen her heart. Based on the courtship and early reign of England’s longest-serving monarch, THE YOUNG VICTORIA is a majestic tale of romance, intrigue and power.
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 4606885
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 44 minutes
- Release date : April 20, 2010
- Actors : Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Sony Pictures
- ASIN : B001C46P2K
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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One aspect of the film I found a bit jarring was the portrayal of Victoria's relationship with King Leopold and Baron Stockmar as being rather distant and hostile. While Victoria was quite determined to live her own life and not be a pawn in their (or anyone else's) political schemes, she actually had a very affectionate relationship with her uncle Leopold both before and after her marriage, and Stockmar was a lifelong friend and confidant of both Victoria and Albert and helped them through many of their early marital difficulties. Their manipulative attitude toward Albert and their obsessive focus on grooming him for marriage to Victoria was historically accurate, and Rupert Friend's portrayal of the young Albert's attitude toward their "training" is one of the funniest parts of the film.
I highly recommend Stanley Weintraub's biographies of both Victoria and Albert for those wanting the real historical background for the film. Sarah Ferguson's book Victoria and Albert: Life at Osborne House is also a well-researched and beautifully illustrated book about their marriage and family life.
There is a bit of minor chronological rearrangement to cram about 5 years of historical material into less than 2 hours, for which I think Julian Fellowes can be easily forgiven, and some slight embellishment of real events for dramatic effect (eg Prince Albert did attempt to shield Victoria in the assassination attempt but was not actually shot, Albert was not present at Victoria's coronation) but I didn't find it detracted from the story. Much of the script is actually verbatim historical record (King William's drunken outburst at the banquet, Conroy's attempt to force Victoria to sign an order making him Regent) and Fellowes included these bits unaltered, to his credit--they are fabulously dramatic, just as they are.
Costuming is gorgeous and well-researched, the film is a visual treat. A real must-see!
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The love story between her and Albert was so heartwarming,and their subsequent marriage.That`s not to say Victoria was perfect,she liked her own way,being very reluctant to share her power with anyone,though she did eventually recognise that Albert had valuable contributions to make.His early death was tragic .The whole film was beautifully acted.
More like this pleaaase !!!
"Young Victoria" at the surface is a wonderful love story about a young couple happily in love with common goals, with convincing actors and great costumes.. Rupert Fiend is perfect in his role as Prince Albert, just as convincing as Emily Blunt playing Victoria, if maybe a little too pretty for the role. Solid research into politics and costumes makes "Young Victoria" even more enjoyable and we were both astonished how many little details were crammed into it. I just wish history lessons at school had been this interesting...
The musical score fits perfectly and made it a real joy to watch.
Considering the current price, it was a bargain for great evening's entertainment.