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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