‘The Young Victoria’

Set in the 1830’s, ‘The Young Victoria’ takes us back to the time when the young and beautiful, soon-to-be Queen, Victoria, is being manipulated and pulled in different directions by those closest to her, to give up her reign as Queen. Their reason? That at the age of 18, she is too young, too ignorant and lacks the experience to take on such a demanding role. However, behind those “reasons”, lie jealousy and envy. Victoria, having had such a protected childhood, never being allowed to do or engage in the normal, simple, activities a child would normally partake in, she is determined that once Queen, she will rule and things will then go her way. No more holding of the hand up and down the stairs for her!

As she is crowned as Queen Victoria, we follow her through the twists and turns her new role has so graciously given her. From making important decision, to ensuring the happiness of her country, and to watching out for herself from those who only want to cause her harm, she marches right through everything with grace and dignity. Upon doing so, she encounters love. A love with Prince Albert.

I must say, this movie is a must see and I would recommend it to anyone who is as passionate about these times and the lives of those deemed royalty, just as much as I am.

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‘Up In The Air’

In the past couple of years, George Clooney’s movies have not been ones that have peaked my interest. However, after seeing the Oscars this month, I was curious to see his new movie ‘Up In The Air’. It seemed to be a movie that I just may like. And to my surprise, it was.

We follow Ryan Bingham (Clooney), who seems to be “running away from life” in a way, by immersing himself into his job. Traveling is the main part of his job which keeps him on a plane more days out of the year than one can count and he couldn’t be happier. Unmarried and childless, Ryan has no obligation to be on the ground, especially in his hometown, more than he needs to. Making a living by laying people off, Ryan makes does more than well financially and has acquired so many frequent flier miles that soon his name will be added to the side of a plane with the other few elite fliers, just as he had always envisioned.

Much to his surprise, things change at his company when a fresh, young face, Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick), is hired. With a brilliant idea to lay people off via the web, Ryan’s boss is eager to try Natalie’s idea and invokes a drastic new rule — no more traveling. Ryan opposed to this greatly, is then stuck with Natalie on a long business trip to show her how the layoff process is done in person. Although peeved by Natalie convincing the boss to implement this new idea of hers, during their long trip Ryan and Natalie seem to bond in a way Ryan was not expecting; sort of like an older brother, younger sister relationship. Both teaching each other things they never saw coming, Ryan soon meets Alex (Vera Farmiga), a woman in the same industry as he, who travels just as much as he does. They soon develop a relationship which most women would be opposed to but little does Ryan know what lies around the corner for him. I definitely recommend this movie!

‘The Reader’

Under Construction

As the second movie in my Netflix queue to arrive, I saw ‘The Reader’ last night. I thought it was very good. The story for each main character were both sad and (as you’ll see why in the movie) you can’t help but somehow feel bad for Hannah, played by Kate Winslet. Throughout the movie though, I did find myself debating over whether or not I truly liked her. Her character is hard; she’s rough, not very pleasant to be around. But yet, the very few times she smiles, you like her. It’s weird. The boy, Michael, seems to remain innocent even as an adult. It’s almost as if he never really grows up and in some way, I feel as though Hannah is part to blame for that — for stealing his innocence. I would highly recommend this movie.