The Young Victoria(2009)
The story of Queen Victoria's rise to power, produced by Martin Scorsese. Follows Victoria's (Emily Blunt) turbulent early years from the object of a royal power-struggle, to her romantic courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend).
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Fans of Pride and Prejudice would be well advised to check out this sumptuous period drama, which has all the fine fashion, simmering romance and mannered etiquette you will need for an entire year.... More
Emily Blunt shines as a young Queen Victoria, barely recognisable from her other roles in Sunshine Cleaning or The Devil Wears Prada, sucking everything towards her in a gravitational pull of charismatic power.
Vic’s attraction to cousin Albert (ex-Keira Knightley beau Rupert Friend) sizzles with mutual attraction. Pity the lovin’ is refined mainly to correspondence via letters. We don’t want to see them reading – we want to see them breeding.
Political relevance is given short shrift in favour of melodrama and, puzzlingly, the film ends with a series of title screens explaining all the more notable things that Victoria did after the narrative finished.
All the performances are brilliant – especially a short but sharp appearance from Jim Broadbent as King William and a bristly turn from Miranda Richardson – and The Young Victoria’s superior production values go a long way to make it an enjoyable costume flick, but you can’t help but feel there was a more interesting story somewhere that wasn’t told.Hide
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Thought this movie was great and totaly unexpected for a person who doesn't ususally enjoy period dramas. The story was well told, although there could have been a little more explination in some areas. Came away feeling I knew a little more of history than I had before.