‘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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‘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.