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March 26, 2010

Royal romp

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 2:03 am

March 26, 2010

Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

In The Young Victoria, the feisty Emily Blunt delivers an impressive performance as the determined but vulnerable teenage monarch who’s cursed by opportunistic family and hangers-on, but blessed with the love of her German cousin Prince Albert (played here by Rupert Friend).

A faithful account of events, from Victoria’s early turbulent relationship with her people, to her gathering stature as a queen who would rule for 63 years, this sumptuous costume drama — like Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth — is as much a historical romance as it is the dramatic coming-of-age story of a young woman wielding power in a man’s world.

Blunt, the terrific young actress from The Devil Wears Prada humanizes Victoria and redefines her as a spirited yet stubborn girl who learnt political chess at an age when she wasn’t even allowed to walk down the stairs by herself.

The film is an easy watch for Blunt’s compelling performance, and for the gentle romance between Victoria and Albert. I’m going with three out of five for The Young Victoria; it’s a chick flick but with corsets and robes. It doesn’t have the wit and the charm of Pride & Prejudice, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.

1 Comment »

  1. Nice song at the end.

    Comment by Priti Birajdar — April 29, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

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