December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

October 19, 2011

The Young Victoria (United Kingdom - 2009)

When it's over, this film hits and misses.  The hits - costumes, sets, art design, and the cast.  Actors Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend play the young lovers, Victoria and Albert.  They are wonderful to watch with strong support from fellow British actors, Mark Strong, Miranda Richardson, & Paul Bettany.  The misses - story development and the lack of intrigue that accompanies most British monarchy films.  Despite the light nature of the story and "on the surface" storytelling, I enjoyed the love story, because of its simplicity.  Every monarchy has had their fair share of dramatics and power struggle plots as portrayed in other films of this genre, and although there were hints of such in this film, I believe the main focus of this film was about falling in love and being in love, which I found refreshing. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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