Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch in British history and her romance with husband Prince Albert is legendary. Victoria ascended to the throne at the tender age of 18 and three years later married her beloved Albert. He became her closest confidant and when he died 21 years later, Victoria was so devastated she wore black every day for the rest of her life.
The film “The Young Victoria” focuses on Queen Victoria’s early years, the events leading up to her succession to the throne and her courtship with Albert. The movie stars Emily Blunt as Victoria and Rupert Friend as Prince Albert and was produced in part by Martin Scorcese and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Screen writing credit goes to Julian Fellowes from “The Monarch of the Glen” series, who is now an established author.
I really enjoyed this DVD, much more than I had anticipated. I find period films to be quite dull at times but the good script and the performances of the two principal actors kept me engaged. In fact, when it ended I thought “Is that it?” I felt as if we were just getting started and I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to see what happened over the next twenty years of marriage. I wanted more. In my book, the sign of a good film.
“The Young Victoria” is set to be released on DVD this Tuesday, April 20th, but as you’ve just read I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a copy.
Now I’m itching to give it away to one of you.
You know the drill. Leave me a comment, say hello and you’re entered.
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This contest is open until next Friday, April 23rd.
(Open to U.S. residents only as well as anyone with an APO address.)