‘The Duchess’

As a new member to the popular movie rental club, Netflix, I was excited about receiving my first pick ‘The Duchess’ starring Keira Knightley as none other than the Duchess. Re-playing the trailer online practically every day, I was certain I would love it. I thought to myself, “Why rent it? I just need to buy it already!”

Yesterday, while at work, I was anticipating arriving to my townhouse, opening the mailbox and pulling out the movie I was so anxiously waiting on. Suddenly, an old friend came to mind whom I was almost certain had seen the movie already (she and I have almost the exact taste in movies). With the help of Facebook, I wrote on her wall immediately asking what she thought of the movie and if it would meet my expectations. Sadly, I received a response from her soon after citing “…It was semi-disappointing.” And sadly, she was right.

That evening, eating dinner on the couch with my boyfriend, we popped in the DVD only to encounter betrayal, a loveless marriage, royal politics, “imprisonment”, rape, and more. About 45 minutes into the movie I was certain I would run out and purchase, I turned to my boyfriend and said, “I can’t take this anymore.” Although, “just a movie”, you could feel Georgiana’s pain and suffering. And then, if you have ever experienced anything she went through, it was even worse to watch. I hated the woman Georgiana so desperately wanted as her best friend; for sleeping with her husband. However, many would challenge me on this seeing as how she claims to have slept with him in return for being able to see her three children her husband took from her. I didn’t care though. It made my skin crawl. It made me want to reach into the t.v. and hug Georgiana telling her I knew how she felt. And then to know that this was all based on true events made it even harder to watch.

You may be thinking to yourself, “How ignorant can she be?” Listen, I knew that there would be drama and betrayal to some extent but, this definitely went above and beyond that. I love and have a passion for these royal, 18th century times so I’m not as ignorant as you may be thinking but, I wasn’t expecting to see such sadness take place and how someone could hurt another so much. I’m hoping that ‘The Young Victoria’ is not as sad.