Watch: The Young Victoria 2009 123movies, Full Movie Online – Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort, Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle William IV’s rule. Her German cousin Albert is encouraged to court her for solely political motives, but, following her accession at age eighteen, finds he is falling for her and is dismayed at her reliance on trusty Prime Minister Melbourne. Victoria is impressed by Albert’s philanthropy, which is akin to her own desire to help her subjects. However, her loyalty to Melbourne, perceived as a self-seeker, almost causes a constitutional crisis, and it is Albert who helps restore her self-confidence. She proposes and they marry, Albert proving himself not only a devoted spouse, prepared to take an assassin’s bullet for her, but also an agent of much-needed reform, finally endorsed by an admiring Melbourne..
Plot: As the only legitimate heir of England’s King William, teenage Victoria gets caught up in the political machinations of her own family. Victoria’s mother wants her to sign a regency order, while her Belgian uncle schemes to arrange a marriage between the future monarch and Prince Albert, the man who will become the love of her life.
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Victorian Rebel without a Cause, but a Crown
Greetings again from the darkness. Emily Blunt would have stolen The Devil Wears Prada if not for the queen of screen, Meryl Streep. Here she competes with no one and does a nice job of carrying the film based on the early years of Queen Victoria. If you are rusty on your British sovereign history, she ruled from 1837-1901.
For 20 of these years, she was married to her true love, Prince Albert (played well by Rupert Friend). While the two meet as youngsters, the bond between them comes from their letters … an early precursor to eHarmony?? We know Victoria mostly from royal portraits, so it’s nice to see her as a rebellious youngster trying to learn the tricks of the trade, even while being manipulated like a pawn by her mother (Miranda Richardson) and her lover (Mark Strong). We get to see her tenacity blossom as she matures and literally grows into the monarchy.
While Ms. Blunt’s performance is strong, Julian Fellowes’ writing is not at the level of his previous work in Gosford Park. We do get some of the same power plays, but it is missing the nuances of that much better film.
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Emily Blunt displays enough star wattage to light up an Empire, and smart editing and sumptuous production design add to the overall positives of “Young Victoria.” While not a particularly engaging or stimulating movie, it manages to keep one interested.
Blunt plays the title character, a teenager about to inherit the throne of Great Britain at about the time of its world-conquering zenith, 1837. Victoria is to be a constitutional monarch, bound by the strictures of popular will. She is also bound by other forces, including the connivances of a court that doesn’t always wish her well. In such straits, she needs the love and support of Albert of Belgium (Rupert Friend), a real prince who also proves a prince of a guy.
“I know what it is to live alone inside your head,” he tells her, “while never giving a clue as to your real feelings.”
Friend presents Albert as a likeably awkward man of real depth, a deserving match for the ravishing Blunt. Like nearly every other reviewer here, I’m in awe of what she brings to the screen, beauty and charm in equal measure. I can’t say she’s a great actress here, just a compelling star with her two killer expressions, Earnestly Pained and Serenely Pleased.
That’s all she needs, though, in a movie that works more by way of effective montage sequences than dramatic arcs or character building. “Young Victoria” tries something I haven’t seen before, where one scene ends and another begins while both alternately play out on the screen for a minute or so of seamless cross-cutting. Director Jean-Marc Vallée and his editors, Jill Bilcock and Matt Garner, make this costume drama/chick flick an easy experience for those of us outside “Young Victoria’s” target demographic, keeping information on a fast boil and served up with the right amount of energy and easy flair.
This helps a lot, considering any lack of real conflict. When you think of it, there’s really nothing going on in this film that isn’t resolved with considerable ease.
N/A We are told in the opening moments that Victoria is fighting an attempt by a conniving noble to seize power from her by getting her to agree to a regency, but even before the title credit we see her saying no and pretty much settling that. The nasty noble manhandles Victoria a couple of times and even kicks a dog just so we can hate him better, but winds up out of gas by the time she takes the throne. Then we get a constitutional crisis that doesn’t really seem serious, especially once Albert returns to claim his queen. Albert has his own people to get free of back home in Belgium, who want to profit politically from Albert’s new love, but he just ignores them and that takes care of that. N/A
There is little to distract from the spectacle that seems “Young Victoria’s” main purpose. Given the fantastic locations where the crew was allowed to film, you’d understand a tendency to bask in long costumed sequences with “Zadok The Priest” playing overhead, but Vallée doesn’t stay static. Changing up camera angles and perspectives, he keeps his camera on Blunt and lets her stares and reactions fill the screen.
Most of the time she’s ravishing. Sometimes she’s even interesting. One moment, offering a rill in this otherwise still mill pond, features an argument with Albert where she screams at him about defying her queenly authority, even commanding him to stay so she can scream at him some more. He declines, saying he is concerned for the health of the unborn baby she carries, and leaves her to huff alone.
Blunt in that scene asks you to not simply bathe in her beauty, but laugh at her character, succeeding well enough to make you think she has a future in movies long after her cheeks lose their rosy glow. “Young Victoria” seems mostly about those cheeks, though, and doesn’t do badly by them.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min), 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (USA), 1 hr 40 min (100 min) (European Film Market) (Germany)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Jean-Marc Vallée
Writer Julian Fellowes
Actors Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany
Country United Kingdom, United States
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 13 wins & 17 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor Creative Services, Montreal, Canada, Technicolor, London, UK (dailies)
Film Length 2,750 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 50D 5201, Vision2 250D 5205, Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)