Genre Guesstimation – The Young Victoria (2009)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Vinnie of Vinnie H. and it is Historical True Story Films.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Vinnie!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Historical True Story Movies.

“Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself? In a game being played against your will.” – Princess Victoria

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The young girl destined to be Queen of England must deal with political intrigue as she is groomed for the throne by numerous people who all have their own motivations.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This film was Vinnie’s choice for me to watch.

I had never heard of this film beforehand and was intrigued to see what a young inexperienced Queen would do while trying to navigate through the politics of the day along with the many others who tried to find ways to control her and her Royal actions.

Emily Blunt is great in the lead role and does a wonderful job giving us a feeling of both inexperience yet also showing that she has future potential for greatness.

This film also deals with the idea of a sitting Queen needing to deal with courting suitors from various places and it was fascinating to watch the way that they have protocols for everything even in these matters which is so different from the usual manner in which people court.

As great as this film is, something felt missing along the way that keeps it from being considered an even better film.

Bottom Line – Great depiction of how a young girl destined for the Throne needs to find her way amidst the politics of the day and all of those around her trying to control what she does. Blunt is great in the lead role and gives off the inexperienced feeling of a young Queen while still showing us that she is on her way to greatness.  The idea of a young queen courting suitors is also great to watch due to the various protocols involved which set it as a very different experience than normal courting usually allows for. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The dress Victoria wears for her first meeting with her council is a copy of the actual dress Queen Victoria wore on this occasion. It survives and as of 26 March 2012, is on display at Kensington Palace as part of the new Victoria Revealed exhibition. It is on public display in the Red Saloon (the actual room of her first Privy Council). It has since faded to brown as the black dye at the time was not stable. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? –Comes close. Great story but something is still missing that would have made it even better.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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