The Young Victoria

2009-07-01 13:47
 
What it’s about:

A look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt), who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated but passionate marriage to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) would later cause her to live the rest of her years in mournful seclusion.

What we thought:

"That's so 'Victorian', we say, if whenever we want to indicate that someone's being a little, uh, censorious. So we don't usually think of Queen Victoria herself as being sexy. We remember the large, severe and stern-looking old lady she became, and we remember that she did know about gay men, but not about gay women because nobody wanted to explain to her quite what that was.

So it's refreshing to look at her as a real woman, who felt the same urges and desires as the rest of us, and who - as it turned out - married for true love, while keeping the needs of her country in mind.

This movie has be criticised for historical inaccuracy (although who knows how on earth you're meant to tell the truth from the lies - about a time when they didn't even have computers - when researching a script a few hundred years later!) but its accuracy or lack thereof doesn't make it any less entertaining.

With a sweet and sensitive performance by Emily Blunt, starring opposite the almost impossibly sensitive and new age Rupert Friend as Prince Albert, The Young Victoria a quieter and less brilliant movie than another recent costume drama The Duchess, a but very watchable portrait of a young woman stepping into a massive leadership role with great courage, while learning the rules and complications of her love relationship. She is portrayed in some ways as wise, in others as tragically fallible. But then again, aren't we all.

Overall, this is a believable and amusing portrait of a future historical icon in her formative years, and a charming portrait of a surprisingly likeable person. For costume drama addicts, it's a definite big-screen date.



A dramatisation of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Greg W 2009/06/26 12:26 PM
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I disagree, I thought this film was so bland I almost fell asleep. Read my review here if you'd like: http://fridaynightfilms.iblog.co.za
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