This film has been on my radar for quite some time, and believe me, if The Young Victoria failed to receive a U.S. release date, movie studios would have been on the receiving end of many tersely-worded emails! Thankfully, for my health’s sake and the sake of Homeland Security, The Young Victoria arrives in U.S. theaters this Friday.
The gorgeous Emily Blunt portrays Victoria with a potent mix of grace and majesty, and her chemistry with Rupert Friend (best known as Mr Wickham from P&P ’05) as Prince Albert is astounding. Rounding up the supporting cast are Paul Bettany as William Melbourne, Miranda Richardson as Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, Jim Broadbent as Victoria’s uncle, King William IV, Thomas Kretschmann as Victoria’s cousin-in-law/uncle King Leopold of Belgium, and Mark Strong as the Duchess of Kent’s rumored lover, Sir James Conroy.
The Young Victoria is written by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Vanity Fair) and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.). Producers on the film are Graham King, Martin Scorsese, Tim Headington and Sarah Ferguson.
I didn’t even know about this movie! Thanks so much for posting about it, it’s definitely one I would love to see.
ZOMG MUST SEE.
I’ve been dying to see this movie since it opened in the UK back in March. So much so that I almost ordered the DVD from Amazon.co.uk to watch since I almost couldn’t stand it any longer. Then my region-free DVD broke and I couldn’t watch it. Now that it is being released here, I will be on line on Friday to see it.
LOL. I believe I posted the trailer on my blog in March of 2009.
I usually don’t go much for period dramas–too much sads, usually–but this captured my imagination from the very beginning, and of course it doesn’t hurt that Rupert Friend is playing Albert.
I caught it over Xmas break and loooooved it so much. Still got the sads at the end but it was worth it.
I love period films. It’s funny: if it’s a film set during contemporary times (or contemporary for the time it was filmed), I generally prefer romantic comedies, but I don’t mind unhappy endings for period films. I guess it’s because I’m watching it for the costumes, the period furnishings, and the manners. 🙂 I didn’t get a chance to catch The Young Victoria in theaters, but I am definitely buying the DVD.
I loved this movie, and so did my 10-year-old daughter! In fact, she received it as a birthday present this year. 🙂
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