'The Young Victoria' Is Never Boring

This film is a lovely rendering of Queen Victoria's life before she ascended to the throne at the age of 18.

Victoria is portrayed by Emily Blunt.  Her childless uncle, King William (Jim Broadbent), has chosen her as his heir.  Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), and her chief adviser, Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong), want a regency to rule for Victoria until she reaches the age of 25.  Another uncle, King Leopold of Belgium (Thomas Kretschmann), plots to have Victoria marry her first cousin, Albert (Rupert Friend).  Albert's efforts to get Victoria to fall in love with him are amusing.  

All in all, the acting is fine, and while the plot is somewhat stale and very slow in taking shape, it is never boring.  Those who like opulent movies in dress and scenery will love this movie.  Regrettably, they will also soon forget it after they leave the theater.  When I saw the film at the AMC Lowes Village 7 theater, located at the corner of Third Avenue and 11th Street, the show was nearly sold out.  

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Ed Koch was mayor of NYC from 1978 to 1989. He's credited with restoring fiscal stability to the city and creating affordable housing. He's also a film buff. More

Mayor Koch saved New York City from bankruptcy and restored the pride of New Yorkers during his three terms as mayor from 1978-1989. He restored fiscal stability by placing the city on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget. He created a housing program that provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing and created New York City's first merit judicial selection system. Prior to being mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. He was drafted into the Army his last year of college and served with the 104th Infantry Division. He received two battle stars and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. He received his LL.B. degree from the New York University School of Law in 1948 and began to practice law immediately thereafter. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and hosts a call-in radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR). Mr. Koch appears weekly on NY1 television and is the author of ten autobiographical books.

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