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The Young Victoria

September 11, 2010

The Young Victoria (2008)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Actors: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany

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Synopsis: The early years in the reign of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt), and her subsequent courtship with Prince Albert (Rupert Friend).

Review: As an imagined romantic confection on the early life of Queen Victoria, plus her courtship and subsequent marriage to Prince Albert, the film just about works but it offers little else in terms of clarity or insight on its subject. The political dimension to the story could certainly have done with a lot more meat: the shadowy antagonists – Paul Bettany’s Lord Melbourne and Mark Strong’s Sir John Conroy – are very loosely fleshed out, and seem as if they were intended to be far more dramatic than they actually are. Perhaps restricting the story exclusively to Victoria and Albert, and really developing the complexities and intricacies of that union might have given the film a more lucid remit and done greater justice to Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend’s superb performances and chemistry in the lead roles. (March 2009)

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