The Young Victoria
By now that beautiful purple artwork should have caught your attention in the cinema. Emily Blunt’s profile on proud display in its regal fineness.
The film opens at the coronation of Queen Victoria. She is seated serenely on her coronation throne atop the Stone of Scone, orb and sceptre in hand. Zadok the Priest suddenly reveals itself, bursting out from the soundtrack. We know where and when we are. Flash back one year and a young Victoria (see what I did there?) is refusing to sign away her right to rule to her mother and her manipulative estate manager.
From here we follow Victoria as her journey to the throne and beyond wends its way. It’s an interesting story filled with some historical points of note, however it’s around Victoria’s burgeoning love with Albert that the film centres.
Emily Blunt is charming, delicate and strong as Victoria, Rupert Friend is also excellent as Albert and Miranda Richardson perfect as the naive mother and Duchess of Kent. Paul Bettany is a superb Lord Melbourne – charming, witty and earnest – but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Jim Broadbent who is hilarious as the failing old King William.
It really should go without saying that the costumes and settings are very fine indeed – the film is an excellent example of a period piece that’s completely accessible. Some of the finer points of history have, I’m sure, been set aside in favour of a love story, however this is a film that will appeal to us oldies who love a good royal drama and also us youngsters who are suckers for a story of true love.
A lovely way to spend an evening.
Reviewed by: Guest Reviewer
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Genre: Romance, Historical, Drama
Duration: 1hr 40mins
Rating: [PG] contains low level violence
Origin: UK, USA