The Young Victoria
The Young Victoria is the tale of Queen Victoria in the days before she became Queen and her early years in power. I don’t know how true it is to life, and to be honest, I don’t care. I thought this was an absolutely fantastic film, and much better than [intlink id=”722″ type=”post”]The Duchess[/intlink], which is of a similar ilk, and has had a great deal more publicity.
The film deals with Victoria’s (played by [intlink id=”583″ type=”post”]The Devil Wears Prada[/intlink]’s Emily Blunt) childhood, and how she was always wrapped in cotton wool by her mother and her control-freak advisor Sir John Conroy. However, as the King (Jim Broadbent) became older, the princess’ mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson) and Conroy became worried that if the King passed away before Victoria came of age, the Crown would be passed to the next in line. Therefore, they tried to make Victoria sign a paper which would pass the power over to The Duchess of Kent. Naturally, Victoria wasn’t keen on this idea, knowing that the devious pair didn’t actually want to serve the people, they just wanted power and riches. So Victoria refused, even under a great deal of pressure.
Finally, her determination wins out. The King passes away when Victoria is of age, and she admits she is young and inexperienced, but simply wants to serve her country the best she can. She feels very lonely, but relies heavily on the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany) to guide her. She has also struck up a friendship with Prince Albert (a dishy Rupert Friend, despite the dodgy facial hair), whom she feels understands her plight.
Victoria struggles with her power and loneliness, but finally her pride cracks and she allows Prince Albert to get closer to her and they eventually admit their feelings and become engaged. Their story really is beautiful. They’re far from your typical young couple, but they have a great deal of passion for one another and their beliefs and together make a formidable team. I was cheering them on throughout.
I just felt the whole film had a great deal of passion. Emily Blunt was believable as the strong, level-headed Victoria, and Rupert Friend was delightful. Though it dealt with serious, and true, topics, the film still had a sense of fun and had me interested from beginning to end. No stiff upper lip in this film. If you love history and costume dramas, you’ll love this. It’s entered my list of favourite films and think it will stay there for a long time to come.