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The Young Victoria
   Director: Jean-Marc Vallee, GK Films, Rated M, 100 mins


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In the fine tradition of historical movies, French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee (C.R.A.Z.Y.) has brought to the large screen his wonderful rendition of the young life of Queen Victoria.
    Vallee’s film, penned by academy award winning screenwriter, Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) can be best described as a magnificent historical drama.
   Interestingly, the producers include Tim Headington, Graham King, Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and a current member of the Royal Family, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

The Young Victoria is indeed a beautiful costume drama starring Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) in the title role, with Rupert Friend (Cheri) playing the supportive prince (and husband in waiting).
   It tells the story of Victoria who ascends the throne at the age of 18 (eventually becoming England’s longest serving monarch).
   The film focuses on Victoria’s difficult relationships with her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), her ‘advisor’ Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong) and Britain’s flamboyant Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany) during her early reign.

Vallee’s direction ofThe Young Victoria is simply superb, with every scene deliberately crafted and decorated to its finest detail.
   In addition to Hagen Bogdanski’s brilliant cinematography are the strong performances of the entire ensemble cast, the gorgeous costumes, lavish locations and beautifully landscaped gardens – all of which make this movie incredibly impressive and thoroughly enjoyable.
   However, what really stands out are the performances of the two lead actors - Blunt and Friend as the two young lovers Victoria and Albert, especially Blunt’s convincing portrayal of the young Victoria.
   Overall, Blunt and Friend make The Young Victoria a touching romance and a gripping human drama filled with political intrigue.
   Seeing this historical drama is a memorable experience, however one major regret is that the movie should have gone on a little bit longer.


VIC'S VERDICT:       4 Rubber Stamps

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