The Young Victoria Movie Review

Topics: William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Victoria of the United Kingdom, Robert Peel Pages: 4 (1327 words) Published: November 19, 2012
1/8/12
Period 6
The Young Victoria
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Produced by Martin Scorsese, Graham King, and Sarah Ferguson Production date: December 18, 2009 Movie Length: 105 minutes

In a gripping romantic tale, The Young Victoria is a movie based on the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria, her reign as Queen of England, and her ill-fated romance with Prince Albert. As a child she grew up very guarded and protected. Someone always had to taste her food before her and she couldn’t go up or down the stair without someone holding her hand, even at the age of 18. She was always under the strict watch of her mother, and her father passed away when she was a baby. Her comptroller(the person in charge of supervising her financials), Sir John Conroy wanted William IV to die while Victoria was still under the age of 18, making her a minor and allowing him to become regent giving him the power behind the throne and control over Victoria. Victoria refuses to sign the regency over to him and when the king dies, who is her uncle, she becomes Queen of England.

She begins being courted by two men Lord Melbourne, who was Prime Minister, and Prince Albert. Prince Albert was told to seduce Victoria by his uncle King Leopold of Belgium because the king wanted to secure an alliance with Britain. Along the way Victoria and Albert learn that they have so much in common being teenagers under so much pressure. They begin writing letters back and forth to each other and become fond of each other. Lord Melbourne gives Victoria bad advice after he loses a vote in Parliament, which is to not replace her ladies in waiting. She invites Sir Robert Peel of the Tories to form a new government. He is honored but refuses to accept unless she replaces her ladies-in-waiting (who were all the wives of the friends...
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