The Young Victoria
The Young Victoria – Movie Review
The Young Victoria is set in the period from 1836, the year before Victoria ascended the throne, to 1840, the year she married Prince Albert, and revises the widely held picture of Queen Victoria as an elderly widow dressed in black. In addition to being a love story and family drama, the film explores the idea of instant celebrity – one minute Victoria is living under virtual house arrest, the next she is the most famous woman in the world.
The Young Victoria is made by the same people who did Bright Star and you can see that they really have a wonderful eye. They’re sort of the Merchant Ivory of this generation inheriting the upscale mantle from Masterpiece Theater in terms of how to make history beautiful. The costumes are fantastic and Queen Victoria is played by Emily Blunt from the Devil Wears Prada and Albert is played by Rupert Friend. Miranda Richardson plays her rather unsympathetic mom and Paul Bettany plays the rival for her attention and Jim Broadbent plays King George. This is a really historical drama at its very best. It’s entertaining, it’s fun, it’s enlightening, makes you understand a little bit more about politics. But as they say, if you’re going to play the game, you better figure out how to beat everybody else at it. Four stars.