Sunday, 20 September 2020
The Young Victoria
Thursday, 28 January 2010 11:00
The Young VictoriaWe are accustomed to images of Queen Victoria, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, as a stodgy, stern old woman. But she was young once too, and burdened with the crown at only 18 without any defense against political vultures except her own shrewdness. The Young Victoria explores her youth, in the years surrounding her coronation and shows the strengths and vulnerabilities that made her human.

Emily Blunt and Rupert FriendThis movie is visually breathtaking and pays close attention to detail. Costumes and sets are of course lavish – it is the Victorian Era after all. We are shown Buckingham Palace as a brand new construction since Victoria was the first monarch to live there and it is all stunning. Not as much accuracy is given to actual historical events, but costume dramas are notorious for rewriting history to Hollywood standards.

The most striking thing about this movie is Emily Blunt who plays Victoria. She is absolutely radiant and captures both the formal persona the Queen presents to the public, and the impetuous girl, desperately scrambling to learn as quickly as she can behind closed doors. With subtle grace she makes Victoria a person we can relate to; a young woman who felt doubt, loneliness, joy and love. Emily Blunts performance alone makes the film worth watching and with it she has secured her future among the elite.

Emily BluntRupert Friend plays Prince Edward, her first cousin with whom she falls head over heals in love. Blunt and Friend share a beautiful on-screen chemistry, giving a very tender quality to the pretty words and stolen glances. You can see the friendship and trust developing between the two, and the mutual respect. Paul Bettany is wonderful as the cunning Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, who charms the naïve young Queen and becomes her close advisor.

The Young Victoria is a beautiful film and well worth a viewing.