“The Young Victoria” is a story of a very young Queen Victoria, the turbulent first years of her rule, and her enduring romance with German Prince Albert played by actor Rupert Friend.
Unlike the other films and programmes made about the Queen, where they seem far more interested in the older Victoria than they do in the young girl, this new version, “The Young Victoria”, will take you though the life and tribulations of the young Victoria—right from the time Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent, is dying, to the times where she handles the throne at the age of 20 (being the youngest Queen in history). The story tries to redress the balance by showing the events surrounding the Queen’s accession and the early years of her reign.
A radiant Emily Blunt has done justice to Victoria’s role. She is totally convincing as the young princess, trapped in the stifling palace with courtiers and politicians out to manipulate her, brilliantly portraying the strength of character and determination that eventually made Victoria a great Queen of England, which prospered as never before, under her long reign.
However, she falls short at some instances as a result of which the performance can not be accorded as a “full” one.
The movie can of course be compared to the “Mills & Boons” types, with warm, touching story of real love between Victoria and Albert.
Taking a very direct and focused approach that centres in on a brief five-year period between her ascension and marriage to Albert, director Jean-Marc Vallée does what so little period pieces of this nature offer.
Visually the film is stunning. The sets and costumes are incredibly lavish without being too gaudy and over the top. Everything from the costume designs, sets, hair styles, lighting and photography highlights the extravagant inherent to Victoria's story without ever over-encumbering it. The exuberant effectively compliments the acting, which is excellent from everybody involved. Every scene is designed and decorated to immaculate detail.
This popular historical reigns in British history is a must watch, especially if you are a fan of brilliantly-made historic movies like this!!!
Warning: If you are someone with ZERO historical knowledge of Queen Victoria, the this movie is a BIG no-no—Story wise, it is far too compressed to be followed and understood by you.