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The Young Victoria at the Top of Its Game

Published December 17, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Apparition
The Young Victoria The Young Victoria
There’s no genre of movie I dread more than British period pieces. I just don’t have any interest in that world. It looks really boring to sit in parlors wearing frilly costumes, and the movies in this genre do nothing to dispel my prejudice. At best, I can acknowledge that The Young Victoria is at the top of this game. It’s just not for me.

Review: The Young Victoria


There are lots of scenes sitting around in parlors wearing frilly gowns. I do feel for her that she wasn’t allowed to read. That would have been my only form of entertainment in an age before movies. You’d think that following Victoria’s youth would make it a little more relatable, since there are universal teen concerns, but it’s still a lot of formalities that lose me.

The king making a spectacle at a palace party would be eventful if I followed what these politics or relationships were. Perhaps you have to be immersed in a monarchic culture to understand. I don’t even know what the queen does or why there’s a parliament and a queen at the same time.

I get that lots of dudes want to hit on the hot princess. I don’t know what they’re talking to her about though. Money issues, regents, relations to the royal line… I’d do her though. She looks like a delightful little doll. The different courtships at least show some distinct personalities. At least an archery date is an activity.



She does stand up to stuffy, stodgy adult abusers. She wants to reign on her own, and there are takers on all sides who want a piece of the kingdom. She takes meetings and talks more politics. There are protests against her. If I knew her stance, I’d be excited by her resistance.

It’s a brief, snap shot-y history lesson of major incidents. She has to balance her reign with her new marriage. She plays the changing public tides. I do get it, I’m just not that into it.

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