On Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of seeing a preview screening of The Young Victoria... the film was lovely. It was filmed nicely, had good costumes, incredible music, etc. Here's the trailer:
I particularly liked how the end tied everything together, it was really moving. After watching the film and seeing the historical facts about what happened after the period of the film, it was particularly endearing. The thing that struck me most, was they mentioned that Queen Victoria had Albert's clothes laid out every day until her death. To not forget his existence, I think makes a good case for their strong attachment.
I found the movie provided a lot of insight into how the court operated in Victoria's time and in the way customs were executed. It's one thing to read a book and another to see them illustrated in live action before your eyes in gorgeous film like this.
What I will say though, is I was a bit afraid after seeing the trailer, that there might be a bunch of inappropriate scenes. I can assure the reader that all the scenes in the film that border on inappropriate are no worse than anything in the longest version of the trailer. I still thought they had more of these than was absolutely necessary, but at least they weren't nearly half as bad as I had worried.
The moral of the story is good... Victoria is vindicated against those who do not have her best interests at heart... both in thwarting a regency and in marrying Albert who sees through the cunning of her advisers. The movie shows us how Victoria gets past herself to truly take advantage of these auspicious events and things.
The music for this film is also a delight... when I was in the theater, I was effectively wrapped in beauty from the beginning to end. I also purchased the soundtrack from Amazon, and it is quite nice. They did a good job of combining it with the Coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest by Handel. It is a bit on the quiet side, with occasional bouts of excitement, so keep your volume control at hand or use headphones.
The costumes are well done too, but as I previously stated, I'm not a huge fan of the women's wear from the period. Prince Albert, however, has number of amazing outfits... which may yet be featured in a future blog post. (particularly after the DVD is released, so I can take some screenshots)
The action at some points may appear a bit slow, but in the end, it probably is good they don't go too much faster, as they cover a lot of ground in the retelling of the story. Therefore, my conclusion is to recommend this film to all fans of period dramas and the like! :D
For the rest of you all in the United States, I believe the film comes out on the 24th or 25th of December.
(I feel as though there are plenty of things I should also cover, but I'm sure they've been covered elsewhere, or perhaps I will write again upon seeing the film again to have the opportunity of noticing more details)