The Young Victoria (2009) short review


A well made biopic that does its best to spice up Queen Victoria’s story, and succeeds as much as is possible. Emily Blunt does a great job with the title role, Rupert Friend manages to make Albert as attractive and interesting as he can (which is not overly, but that’s Albert for ya). Bits and pieces of the story are embellished to make for a more interesting story, but as someone who (obviously) doesn’t find Victoria terribly thrilling, that was fine with me. It’s a generally well made, standard mass audience biopic. Sandy Powell’s costumes are well made and really pretty, and I think will convince previous haters of the 1830s that there is much that can be attractive!


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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