Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The Young Victoria

director: Jean-Marc Vallée
year: 2009
with: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, etc.

plot: A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

what I liked: The settings, some scenes were filmed at Ham House, Osterley Park or Arundel Castle, all places I have visited and feel familiar with.

what I didn´t like: The film never really starts, never picks up some speed, romance or suspense. Scene after scene happens and after one hour I´m still not "in" it. You don´t feel for Victoria nor Albert, don´t care about what happens next.

verdict: Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) has written it, the beautiful backdrop of Ham House, one of the most exciting times in British history, some brilliant actors and some gorgeous costumes - it all sounded too good to be true but in the end it didn´t work for me.
I was fighting to stay focused on the plot, couldn´t have cared less of what happened to the main characters and in the end was left disappointed and bored by this strangely cold, uninvolved and passive film.


  1. Ich habe den Film vor kurzem gesehen und fand ihn gar nicht so schlecht. Klar, ein wenig langatmig, aber das ist im Moment mein Problem bei fast jedem Film. Die Ausstattung fand ich grandios und Emily Blunt sehe ich eh immer gerne..... ;)


  2. sad... just hopped off my list