Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Young Victoria

The Young Victoria was released in Canada on September 19, 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Its cast consists of Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany and Miranda Richardson.

The Young Victoria is a period piece, capturing the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria. The plot revolves first around her rise to power, despite the attempts of her mother and her chief attendant to delay her coronation. It then shifts to the romantic life of the Queen, as well as the political forces that would strive to manipulate her. The story is ultimately about her maturation into a full-functioning sovereign with a full life and her own mind.

With three nominations, The Young Victoria is another epic that has found the attention of the Academy. Art Direction, Costume Design and Makeup are the categories. It is unlikely it will defeat Avatar in Art Design, or Star Trek in Makeup. It may be favored in the costume category, but I am yet to see two of the contenders.

This is a charming film. Despite the era of its setting, its themes are strikingly relevant for the twenty-first century. You won't find it life changing, for sure, but it was certainly appealing on a snowy Saturday.

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