Sunday, June 20, 2010

need a good cry?

. . . then i have some movies for you.

bright star and the young victoria had been on my list for quite a while and i finally got around to watching them this week. i can now say that i have not a tear left. seriously, i was a mess. it was about time though, since i hadn't cried in a movie for ages. i was starting to think maybe i was dead inside, but it turns out i just wasn't watching the right movies. throw in a couple lovestruck young people, give them some difficult circumstances, a beautiful setting and a few poignant lines and i'm good to go.

bright star is the story of the romance between the english poet john keats and fanny brawne. this movie was super dramatic, but i loved it because it was so beautiful to watch. the scenery, the colors, and the clothes were all amazing. i loved the actors [ben whishaw and abbie cornish] who played john and fanny. they were so captivating and managed to create tension in just a look or a touch. swoon.

the young victoria is the story of queen victoria and prince albert. i was fascinated by all the history in this movie and kept pausing it to look up facts online. i was so moved by victoria and albert's relationship. i loved that they had such a great partnership and it just killed me that she continued to rule for forty years after he died.

one of the special features on the dvd had excerpts from queen victoria's diaries read by emily blunt, the actress who played her. i thought this one, about albert's death, was especially beautiful:

"… to be cut off in the prime of life - to see our pure happy, quiet domestic life,
which alone enabled me to bear my much disliked position, cut off at forty-two
- when I had hoped with such instinctive certainty that God never would part
us, and would let us grow old together ... - is too awful, too cruel!"

have you seen these? what did you think?

bright star pictures from and the young victoria pictures from


Aaron and Whitney Johnson said...

those movies look awesome. i'm kind of hesitant for bright star though--i thought i never cried in movies until i watched Dear John. haha! that one really tore me up for some reason. thanks for the suggestions! :)

m.a.f said...

i've had bright star in my itunes folder and i've never actually finished it. on your recommendation i might just have to!

Elaine said...

I haven't seen Bright Star but I have seen Young Victoria and yes... it brought me to tears. And then I cried some more when I thought "What if?" of me and my husband.

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