THE YOUNG VICTORIA
T1J 0H4 Lethbridge
The Young Victoria stars the charismatic Emily Blunt (The Jane Austen Book Club, Sunshine Cleaning) as Victoria and follows her struggle to succeed as the ruler of England, a quest blocked by her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson, Wah-Wah; Paris, je t’aime), and her odious “adviser,” Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Good).
The Young Victoria gives us an in-depth portrait of the often ruthless machinations that characterized the dealings between royal families: patriotism and family loyalties were labyrinthine in their complications, and battles for leverage and position even poisoned mother-daughter relationships. But Vallée’s film is also a truly felt romance. Beautifully directed and exquisitely acted, The Young Victoria is a memorable, sophisticated and very charming exploration of English history.
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Mark Strong
English, German; United Kingdom; 100 minutes
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