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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Rupert Friend
Miranda Richardson
Emily Blunt
Jim Broadbent
Thomas Kretschmann
Paul Bettany
Mark Strong
Julian Glover.
Directors
Jean-Marc Vallee.
Screenwriters
Julian Fellowes.
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The Young Victoria
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Plot
1837. Princess Victoria (Blunt) succeeds her uncle as monarch, but is caught up in a power struggle involving her mother (Richardson), her mother's mentor (Strong), Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany) and Robert Peel (Michael Maloney). She is gently wooed by a German cousin, Prince Albert (Friend).


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Queen Victoria has not been well-treated by the movies lately — depicted as a frumpy, near-absurd widow in Mrs. Brown and a cold-eyed mass murderess in From Hell. It’s easy to forget she was crowned as a teenager and was, by all accounts, the only sexy girl ever to rule Great Britain. Not the deepest thinker in Europe, she made one genuinely inspired decision in marrying Prince Albert — a visionary who was a prime motor of Britain’s 19th century cultural and scientific expansionism. It’s no wonder so many things in Britain and the former Empire are still named after this power couple, individually or together.

If you’re collecting British royal history by instalments in the cinema, you’ll know exactly how to place this on a shelf with Elizabeth, Restoration, The Madness Of King George and The Queen. It’s a slight problem that a happy marriage makes for less dramatic fire than mass murder, an armada, a bout of insanity or a pop-culture crisis, so Julian Fellowes’ sensitive screenplay salts the sweet courtship of two good-looking young people between court and parliament intrigues without getting to much of what Victoria and Albert achieved as a couple. Other crownsploitation pix sex up the story, but this plays down the pair’s rapport — and don’t look for details of the urban legend Prince Albert is most remembered for.

For the most part, this covers polite but exquisitely barbed conflicts as Emily Blunt’s put-upon princess finds she has no enemies but still has to fend off friends who press their own underhand interests — whether it be a would-be advisor (glowering Mark Strong) who hopes to rule in her stead while she grows up, or a silky-smooth PM (Paul Bettany) who glues her to his party masthead and plays dirty when voted out of office. Blunt shows the Queen’s firmness of will, but also her susceptibility to male charm — decades before Victoria was mocked as ‘Mrs. Brown’ she was taunted as ‘Lady Melbourne’. Posh frocks, royal pageantry and borrowed palaces are on their best behaviour, too — making for a quality production, if tailored to polite sensibilities rather than stoking the fires of history.


Verdict
An elegant, entertaining, informative picture with a gallery of vivid supporting turns, this provisionally crowns the winning Blunt as a Brit-pic star - but it skimps a bit on the bodice-ripping, blood and thunder.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Wonderful Performance by Blunt

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Yes, it may not have gone into great depths about historical events but when you're just in the mood for a light love-story (with a little educating - for me anyway, as I don't know much about the Royals), this is great. I was very impressed with Emily Blunt's performance... A star to watch I reckon. This is also the first time I've seen Rupert Friend in anything and I liked his performance too and the chemistry between him and Blunt. Overall, very enjoy... More

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Posted by Pezbury at 11:27, 23 December 2011 | Report This Post


Great film, lovely romance! ... More

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Posted by xmagic_dustx at 00:10, 14 September 2009 | Report This Post


Good period drama

Nowhere near as stuffy and dull as most period flicks regarding the monarchy, this is a refreshing though admittedly light look at the young Queen Victoria. It won't change your world but as far as these type of film go it's very well made and excellently paced. Blunt is excellent as always. ... More

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Posted by Caster at 16:45, 13 September 2009 | Report This Post


A Okay Film

Saw this last night and I thought it was a okay film but had a few niggles in it. Yes, the cast is a strong pact but the relationship and chemisty between the two leads just wasn't there. The final twenty minutes seemed rushed, the love story wasn't believeable and the supporting cast had a few scenes to try and shine. But it dosen't mean it was a rubbish film, there is some stunning scenery and lush music especially at the ball where beautiful dresses and the romance grew between Victoria and A... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:45, 05 July 2009 | Report This Post


Enjoyed it far more than I thought I would - thought Paul Bettany was fabulous and that the two leads made a lovely and believable couple. Made me giggle that the guy who shot Albert was the guy who mugged Mark in Peep Show!! :D ... More

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Posted by captain jack harknes at 23:41, 15 March 2009 | Report This Post


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