La storia della famiglia reale inglese mi ha sempre affascinata e ho sempre amato film/serie tv in costume (di qualsiasi nazionalità o epoca). Emily Blunt è una meravigliosa giovane regina nel suo difficile primo anno da sovrana. Se ignoriamo, per un momento, il fatto che ha sposato suo cugino (cosa tristemente comune a quei tempi) anche la storia d'amore con il principe Albert è decisamente coinvolgente.
I don't really know why I love this film so much - it's not exactly a masterpiece or anything. Probably because when I was little I had a small obsession with all things Victorian, especially Victoria & Albert, and this just gives me all the warm nostalgic feels. But also Emily Blunt & Rupert Friend are lovely, the costumes are beautiful, and the soundtrack is pretty good too.
A visually sumptuous, if mastubatory, ode to the early court drama of the Victorian era. Scenes are flooded with candlelight gold, gilded brocade, strolls through hedge-edged gardens and a thousand lace trimmed royal ball gowns but sadly Victoria becomes a bystander to the male characters' politics. As a historical biopic, it doesn't seem weighty on the accuracies, as a dramatisation it's not particularly dramatic.
There's a humanity in this historical character study we don't regularly witness in period pieces. This romantic-centric portrait of the beginning of Queen Victoria's long reign manages to be a compact lovely talky film without dismissing its many motifs and/or motivations. It is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful exposure for both Blunt and Friend who deliver the engrossing emotional dimensions that define it.
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.