— by RACHEL COYNE —
I kind of dig “boring” movies. If you ever saw a trailer for a movie that featured nothing but long conversations and tortured relationships between the characters, and wondered to yourself, “Who would watch this?,” chances are I would. Add some high-concept period costumes and British actors to the mix, and I’m sold.
“The Young Victoria” is a historical drama that focuses on the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. I don’t know much about most monarchs, and Victoria is no exception, but according to the trailer, she was a spirited young woman who refused to compromise herself to please others and wasn’t afraid to follow her life’s passions, primarily her love for Prince Albert. So it sort of feels like a girl power movie, done 19th Century style. And as long as it never claims to be an accurate historical portrait, I’m OK with that.
Emily Blunt, in her first really big leading-lady role, is Victoria, and I think a very interesting choice. She’s already proven she can do persnickety British acting very well (in “The Devil Wears Prada”), so it should be interesting to see her take on a more refined character. The rest of the cast is made up of some impressive “who’s who” of British cinema, including Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent. I probably wouldn’t run to see this in the theater, but I would rent it for a cozy afternoon with a “boring” movie.
“The Young Victoria” assumes the throne on Dec. 18.
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