The Young Victoria

Movie Information

In Brief: Though it may sound pretty awful and like Masterpiece Theatre stuff on the big screen, The Young Victoria proves to be a cinematic, stylish and entertaining historical romance that shakes the dust off our images of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Genre: Historical Romance
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.)
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann
Rated: PG-13

When The Young Victoria showed up at the Fine Arts at the end of 2009, I wrote in part, “A late-in-the-year pleasant surprise is the best way to describe Jean-Marc Vallée’s The Young Victoria, a film I dreaded the prospect of so much that I put off seeing it as long as possible. I mean as much as I liked Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and this year’s Sunshine Cleaning, could anything sound less enticing than the romance of the old gal on the Bombay gin bottle and the man perpetually in need of being let out of that tobacco can? Even the realization that the characters would be considerably less ossified than those ingrained images wasn’t enough to make it seem much more exciting. However, director Vallée and screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Separate Lies) have done something very close to exciting.” That’s pretty much where I still am on the film. The full review is here:

The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Young Victoria at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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