Screen Daily – The Young Victoria

February 7

A lovingly-detailed, lavishly-recreated British period production with all the right cast giving all the right performances, The Young Victoria is a charming if dramatically inert re-telling of the sweet romance between the UK’s longest-reigning monarch and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Goethe.

That The Young Victoria works at all owes much to its charismatic leads Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend and some irresistible supporting turns from Miranda Richardson as Victoria ‘s mother The Duchess of Kent, Jim Broadbent as her uncle, King William IV and Harriet Walter playing Queen Adelaide. In fact this Jean-Marc Vallee-directed (C.R.A.Z.Y.) feature is at its involving best at the outset, with the spirited young Victoria a virtual prisoner at Kensington Palace surrounded by swirling palace and political intrigues. Continue Reading

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