The Young Victoria

Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort since childhood, teenager Victoria (Emily Blunt) refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle, William IV’s rule. Her German cousin  and love interest Albert (Rupert Friend) is encouraged to court her for solely political motives but, following her accession at age 18, finds he is falling for her and is dismayed at her reliance on trusty premier Melbourne. Victoria is impressed by Albert’s philanthropy which is akin to her own desire to help her subjects. However her loyalty to Melbourne, perceived as a self-seeker, almost causes a constitutional crisis and it is Albert who helps restore her self-confidence. She proposes and they marry, Albert proving himself not only a devoted spouse, prepared to take an assassin’s bullet for her, but an agent of much-needed reform, finally endorsed by an admiring Melbourne.

Rating: 4 out of 10

I wish you could punch a movie.That’s all I could think about when I watched this dreadfully boring film.

I can’t be the only one who could give a rat’s flea-infested ass about the English royal family, can I? It’s just so dramatic, privileged, disconnected, and weird. I mean, these people marry their own family members and we act like they’re so great.

And that’s what is at the heart of this movie — a love story between two royal inbreeds.

There is nothing I can relate to in this movie. It has detached characters who live in a world that is remote and foreign to me, but boring. The film is directed by newbie Jean-Marc Vallée, but this is essentially a high-budget PBS movie. There wasn’t much to work with for a script, which is why there was so much emphasis on the costumes — which were excellent. Of course, I don’t really care about costumes, either.


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