Monday, May 2, 2011

Movies You Might Have Missed Mondays

In case you hadn’t heard, Prince William and Kate Middleton got married a few days ago.

Over 22 million people watched this event, just in the United States alone.

I admit, I was one of them… via DVR. I may be crazy, but I’m not so much so that I’d lose sleep over such a thing… on a work night. Staying up until 3am Saturday morning is a totally different situation.

I have a theory on why we’re so drawn to anything royal, most especially a wedding. Here it is – in our DNA is born a longing for an eternal kingdom – God’s Kingdom. What a romance, too, the lengths at which He has gone to give us the opportunity to live in that Kingdom. It even involves a wedding!

So we wedding watchers are not as crazy as it seems. We all have the potential to be princes and princesses.

It’s the same reason we’re attracted to romantic movies - romantic movies about royals. And this week’s pick is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

The Young Victoria hit theatres in the summer of 2009 and stars Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) and Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice) as England’s eventual Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It tells the story of their infamous romance, interesting because their road wasn’t easy and required a great deal of tact, strategy, patience and trust. Like playing a game of chess, the two had to take great care to make the right moves in order to end up together in the midst of aggressive political ambitions including several vying for her throne.

In my book, this movie ranks in my all-time, top-ten most romantic movies I’ve ever seen. Instead of being sappy and trite, it is smart and real. Though conservative (let’s face it, we are talking about English royalty), the relationship is not devoid of passion. It’s a testament to true, lasting, selfless love even in the middle of conflict. It also shows Victoria and Albert in equal parts human and royal, making them incredibly relatable.

If you’re experiencing withdrawal from the royal wedding now being behind us, try watching The Young Victoria. It more than satisfies!

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lynnrush said...

Wow. Ranks in your ALL TIME top ten? That's saying a lot!! :)

Happy Monday!

SarahtheBaker said...

I recently saw this movie on Starz, and found it to be the *sweetest* movie I've seen in a long time.

It had the makings of "Elizabeth" but without the teeth. It was really about the love story, while "Elizabeth" was anything but.

I fell a little in love with Albert and his sweet, faithful nature in really putting Victoria first, and hers in finally opening herself to trust another person with her life.

This movie made its way into my list of favorites very quickly, as well!