Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Young Victoria

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

The 73rd Virgin sez... Beautiful to look at from beginning to end, and no complaints about the acting, but the story is a mess. Obscure bits of parliamentary history are presented with an apparent urge for the dullest form of accuracy, but then a completely fanciful event is tacked on at the end to no purpose other than to make sure two people, who we already know would eventually have 9 children together, stayed in love.

I, for one, would have liked to know how Albert solved the problem of who washes the outside of the windows and who washes the inside at Buckingham palace. That would have been entertaining and more useful in understanding his apparent brain power and new way of thinking than the intricacies of how ladies in waiting are selected and a bunch of inaudible mumbling from his uncle Leopold in Brussels. A decent love story, but otherwise disappointing and, near the end, just stupid.

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