It is hard to put into words just how much I liked the film The Young Victoria. After all, it's no secret to my readers that I love a good period drama, but I liked this one even more knowing that it was based on a true story...The movie begins with a brief look at Victoria's early years of education and isolation, to her later discovery that she has become the Queen of England, at the tender age of 18. From there, the story really takes off, as Victoria finds herself plunged into court life while seeking guidance and direction from someone she can trust. Many are willing to help the "child queen" including the manipulative Lord Melbourne (played by the fabulous Paul Bettany, Master and Commander), but it is ultimately her cousin Prince Albert (the dashing Rupert Friend, Pride & Prejudice) who she comes to rely on not only for his sound judgment in royal matters, but his devotion and love as well.
History can tell you the rest of the story, but the details are superbly captured in this film. From the lush costumes, the beautiful locations, and a sweeping score, The Young Victoria was one of the most entertaining movies I have seen in a long time. Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) displays the perfect blend of girlish joy and queenly dignity needed to make a film like this work, and the scenes between Blunt and Friend are rife with romance and chemistry. (I will not be surprised if Blunt receives an Oscar nomination for her role as Victoria). Any liberties the screenplay may have taken in "re-arranging" history are sure to be overlooked by the sheer joy of watching this wonderful film. Happy viewing!