Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany,
Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson, Mark Strong, Thomas Kretschmann,
Jeanette Hain, Rachael Stirling
RunTime: 1 hr 40 mins
Released By: Shaw
Day: 21 May 2009
Young Victoria chronicles Queen
Victoria's ascension to the throne, focusing on the early
turbulent years of her reign and her legendary romance and
marriage to Prince Albert.
No matter how lavishly filmed, The Young Victoria would suffer
from being pegged as a boring history lesson type of film.
It’s a pity for those who decided to miss this movie
due to the above mention reservations as The Young Victoria
was rather accessible and intriguing in it’s own way.
for those who are unaware of what Queen Victoria’s reign
in England had represented, The Young Victoria made it breezy
and entertaining to explore the trials and tribulation that
the young queen had faced. Newbies to the historic relevance
of the English monarchy might get a little lost at times while
trying to figure out the importance of various characters
and events that occurred but not to worry, all will be delightfully
answered as the show progressed.
the manipulation and power struggle among the royalties that
often blurs the line on loyalty for the young queen. It makes
one wonder who could she trust when everyone around her are
seemly trying to get into her good books in order to manipulate
her. It also makes one sympathize with this young girl who
been thrust into this mighty position and power struggle;
just because she was born into it.
the manipulative events twist and turns around the young queen,
The Young Victoria sought solace in romance which was a welcome
break from the bureaucracies. The romance between Queen Victoria
and Prince Albert felt rather restrained but the chemistry
between Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend was definitely bubbling
beneath all those royalties constrain.
the accessible story telling aspect of The Young Victoria,
the various technical aspects of this film also stood out.
The fanciful costume designs, the impressive set pieces and
the breathtaking sceneries are deserved a special mention
and should gather some awards in the future.
there are aspects of this film that weren’t that well
accomplished. Certain events felt like it had been fast forwarded
or briefly touched upon. Such as the marriage between the
Queen and the Prince felt like it happened very quickly with
very little opposition; especially after we have been shown
so much power wrestle in the royal families and government.
ending of The Young Victoria was also a mixed bag. It ended
rather too abruptly and make one wonder where’s that
cinematic climax that one usually aspect from a movie. However
it has it’s own merits in such sudden and un-cinematic
end. This is the story of Queen Victoria’s early days
in power and if the show was to proceed on, the film could
been title as The Queen Victoria instead. Although one might
have missed that climatic bit till it’s over, it’s
still in it’s own ways; a sweet touch on the love that
the Queen and Prince shared.
closing, The Young Victoria didn’t turn out to be a
draggy history lesson about the English monarchy but folks
with certain prior knowledge would probably enjoy more than
those who goes in with a blank page. It might not be the best
film about Queen Victoria but it’s entertaining in it’s
own right and very accessible for newcomers.
(Lavishly filmed and accessible to those who are new
to the Queen Victoria’s life)
Review by Richard Lim Jr