The Young Victoria (2008) – 8/10 romantic epic movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Producer: Graham King
Producer: Martin Scorsese
Producer: Tim Headington
Producer: Sarah Ferguson
Emily Blunt: Queen Victoria
Rupert Friend: Prince Albert
Paul Bettany: Lord Melbourne
Miranda Richardson: Duchess of Kent
Jim Broadbent: King William
Thomas Kretschmann: King Leopold
Mark Strong: Sir John Conroy
Jesper Christensen: Baron Stockmar
Harriet Walter: Queen Adelaide

Young Victoria, The (2008)

Victoria will be the next Queen of England but as she hasn’t turned eighteen yet, she is seen as an easy target for manipulation and control. Various parties seek to gain influence over her: one by force, one by charm and one by love.

8/10

This is a lovely movie, crisp and beautiful; a fairy tale based on truth. It doesn’t make the usual mistake of trying to make the Royal’s just like us with ordinary problems; Victoria’s life brings with it entirely other problems from Mark Strong’s puppy-kicking villain through being (initially) callously manipulated to balancing the role of Queen and wife. Even though we will never have these issues, we do recognise them and understand their challenges and they are interesting, especially when presented as elegantly and economically as this.

This movie contains mild adult dialogue and a mild gory and unpleasant scene, violence and mild sexuality.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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