Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Young Victoria

We went to see it this evening, joining a mass of 'elderly' cinephiles together with a small gaggle of teens for what is mostly a royal rom-dram with a little rom-com.

To be fair, The Young Victoria is a superior film, telling the somewhat familiar story of Victoria's accession to the throne amidst the intrigues of the various people trying to manipulate her, not without success (you know who you are, Lord Melbourne).

The characters are three dimensional, and Victoria herself comes across as more stubborn than smart. Albert is the rational strategist, who would be her greatest asset if only she could see that. Luckily at the end of the film she's sorted.

There is room for a sequel (The Old Victoria?) but it's not clear whether it will happen.