Thursday, May 10, 2012

Proposals Gone Right: The One That's Baked to Perfection

Last fall I shared with you some of my favorite scenes of all time in the form of proposals gone wrong. But now, dear readers, it is finally time to look towards proposals gone right, which put hearts in my eyes and make we weep rainbow tears. Some, you will see, are the heartwarming conclusions of failed attempts we analyzed last year, but others will be brand new. I know, right? Some couples actually got it right on the first try! I mean, wow! As I researched the proposals I would cry over highlight, I became increasingly frustrated. You will not believe how many of my favorite period piece couples don't let you in on this private moment. I'm talkin' to you, Amazing Grace! So unfair. Still! There are plenty of actual proposals to fawn over... Like in The Young Victoria, which I l-o-v-e.
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If you all start craving something sweet in a second, I do apologize... I love The Young Victoria like a chocolate cake fresh out of the oven. This cake has been made specifically for you by someone else. You have had no input, it is simply presented to you on a silver platter in all of its perfection with a raspberry garnish and a glass of milk. And you know what? There is never a time when you don't like a rich and gooey chocolate cake that you didn't have to slave over. You might not necessarily crave it all the time, but you certainly salivate over the idea more often than you probably should. It's a go-to, which is never a bad idea because it never fails to deliver. It's always the best idea you ever had. Always. Take, for instance, the proposal. It's so sweet and delightful that you actually heart-clutch, sigh, and clap your hand over your mouth as you watch. If you haven't seen it before shame on you then all you need to know is that because she is the royal, she has to be the one to propose. Albert has been in love with her for ages, but alas has not been able to pop the question himself...

First off, can we just talk about how perfect it is that she's pacing around the room? She may be a queen, but love is love!
Albert: I only just got your note. I was riding.
Of course you were. Also: boots!
Victoria: Sit, please. 
Right next to you? Oh la la!!!
Albert: The park is marvelous.
You are marvelous.
Victoria: So pleased you like it. I do want you to feel quite at home.
Yeah you do! And look at his face! The way he snaps to attention and then leans forward ever so slightly, but remembering his place holds back. My heart strings!!!
Victoria: I'm sure you are aware why I wished you to come here. Because it would make me happier than anything, too happy really, if you would agree to what I wish.
Albert: And stay with you?
AH!
Victoria: And stay with me. 
She's the cutest! And obviously smitten (quite rightly... HELLO)!
Albert: And marry you?
THIS IS SO PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE STILL MANAGES TO ASK HER HIMSELF IN A WAY! THEY ASK EACH OTHER! ENDLESS BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE ARE POPPING IN MY MIND!
Victoria: And marry me.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES! ZOMG! AH! EHEEE!!!!!! *HEART-CLUTCH* WILL YOU LOOK AT HOW HE IMMEDIATELY SNAPS HER UP?! THE WAY HE'S HOLDING HER? THE WAY HE BURIES HIS HEAD INTO HER SHOULDER? I CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN'T!!!!!! THIS ROMANCE THAT'S BEEN BUILDING AND BUILDING AND THEY FINALLY REPLACE PROXIMITY WITH KISSING AND SURRENDER TO HAPPINESS! GAHHHH CREYES FOR EYES!!!!!!!!!!!! *SMELLING SALTS*

Good. lorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd.
Up until this point, these two have been on different pages. In the same chapter maybe, but definitely different pages. He's always been a few steps ahead of her, ready to slip a ring on her finger as soon as she said when. But there were complications, doubts, scandals, all manner of things that might have kept them apart. But finally, in the face of a political crisis, Victoria realizes just how much she wants him by her side. Theirs is a partnership first and foremost and that's what I love about them. By the time you get to the proposal, their names are already engraved on your heart. So, for me anyway, to see this shy moment blossom into physical proof of devotion just leaves me FEELING ALL THE FEELINGS i.e. melty chocolate eyes, gooey center sensations, toe curling, heart-clutching, and the classic CREYES FOR EYES. It's such a sweet and intimate moment and I could and do watch it over and over and over again... *le sigh* nothing I say can do it justice.

In conclusion, on a scale of meh to ZOMG *GRABBY HANDS*, I want this proposal to be in my life. FOR-E-VER. As in on infinite repeat. With Rupert Friend (what a man!) meeting me halfway and embracing me over and over and over again... All I need is a coronation and an obscenely handsome and caring suitor with a title. Totally possibly, right? RIGHT?!?! But really. Do proposals come any better than this? I'm not so sure they do. I, for one, will keep this proposal from The Young Victoria up on a pedestal to admire and smile over stupidly as I ramble about all the ALL CAPS FEELINGS it gives me to no one in particular. And possibly while eating chocolate cake, because now I have a craving darn it!

P.S. Here's a fun tidbit, an excerpt from a letter from Victoria divulging her first impression of Albert, "He is so sensible, so kind, and so good, and so amiable too. He has besides, the most pleasing and delightful exterior and appearance, you can possibly see.' Love it! And now I can't help but add this excerpt from her diary during her honeymoon:
I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!!! MY DEAREST DEAREST DEAR Albert ... his excessive love & affection gave me feelings of heavenly love & happiness I never could have hoped to have felt before! He clasped me in his arms, & we kissed each other again & again! His beauty, his sweetness & gentleness – really how can I ever be thankful enough to have such a Husband! ... to be called by names of tenderness, I have never yet heard used to me before – was bliss beyond belief! Oh! This was the happiest day of my life!
*fans self* Well, I can't say I blame her! In the movie, their honeymoon is undoubtedly one of the best parts. Ah! SO MANY FEELINGS!!!!!! A real life OTP!!! There's only one final thing to be said and that is: FLAWLESS.

2 comments:

  1. Real-life OTP INDEED. I couldn't have come up with a better description that chocolaty goodness myself. I just want to get into a time machine and travel back so I can watch their romance unfurl in real-time, because I'm convinced it would be as lovely and sweet and proximity-worthy in real life as it is on screen. *squeals* I JUST LOVE THESE TWO!

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  2. P.S.- WHEN HIS HAIR FALLS OVER HIS EYES AND THE MUSIC SWELLS AND HE'S BURIED HIS FACE IN HER HAIR, WELL, GOOD LORRRRD, INDEED.

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