A fresh look at an old monarch 

The first Queen Elizabeth has been the It Girl of the British monarchy for years in Hollywood. Queen Victoria now gets royal treatment with “The Young Victoria,” a fresh film biography starring Emily Blunt as the empire’s longest-reigning ruler in her early years.

It’s good, old-fashioned period drama — not terribly lively, not terribly insightful, but rich in pageantry and fine moments of drama, with a beguiling performance from Blunt.

The scene-stealer of “The Devil Wears Prada” proves just as engaging as queen bee of the corset crowd, bringing endearing zest, impetuousness and imprudence to this woman who eventually would grow into a symbol of sober, imperious widowhood for much of her time on the throne.

With a supporting cast that includes Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson and Paul Bettany, director Jean-Marc Vallee presents a charming picture of affection and devotion between Victoria and the love of her life, Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). — AP

The Young Victoria


Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson
Written by Julian Fellowes
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee
Rated PG
Running time 1 hour 44 minutes

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