Curious that Martin Scorsese co-produced too, didn't know that going in.
I've always been skeptical of English period dramas, but due to Victoria's rebellious nature as the first feminist, we have a film that criticizes the pretentious nature of the era instead of gloryfying it, as so many English period pieces do. The great romance between her and Albert is wonderfully handled. A real treasure.
Interesting period piece about a moment of the British monarchy rarely handled by cinema. I personally thought that Queen Victoria was fat and 80 years old during her whole life. How wrong was I ! The film earned an Academy award nomination in the Best Achievement in Art Direction category. Recommended.
I expected mediocrity from The Young Victoria. In a sense, that's exactly what I got, but it still proved enjoyable. The film didn't bring anything new to the period drama (unlike the modernity of Marie Antoinette or Bright Star), but it wasn't bad. The film contains little real drama that drives a narrative (in some respects, it's almost episodic), but Emily Blunt and especially Rupert Friend make it worth viewing.
Some parts of the film were rather slow, but it was a lovely tale. It mostly focuses on the personal life and love story of Queen Victoria more so than her reign over England. After watching the film, I realized Prince Albert is a lot like my perfect "better half" / boyfriend! I also really loved certain quotes and the beginning with the family issues since I could easily relate to those topics. Sandy Powell is a magnificent costume designer for this film! The jewels, costumes, wonderful & gorgeous actors/actresses are a definite plus in this film!
Only the brilliant cast and costumes/cinematography make me glance twice at this otherwise rather dull film. True, it was based on actual events in history, but so were many other films who instead managed to elevate themselves to a cinematic status not quite achieved by "The Young Victoria".