The Young Victoria Review and DVD release

Emily Blunt has been playing second fiddle for too long and was due a big leading role.

And parts don’t get bigger than the queen of England. Here, she plays Victoria, the British monarch who reigned for a mammoth 63 years – still a record.

Although fiercely protected by her German mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), Victoria always knew her own mind.

Here she rebels against her mum and her overbearing advisor Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong) when they try to get her to sign a regency order that would take away her powers until she reached the age of 25.

So when her uncle King William IV dies in 1837, Victoria – just turned 18 – becomes queen.

It’s a reign that sees her survive assassination attempts, political scandal and a complicated relationship with her public.

Her most poignant alliance is with her adored husband, Prince Albert (Rupert Friend), although her chief advisor Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany) also has a huge influence on
the young queen.

Victoria quickly learns that she should rule with her head and not just
her heart.

If period dramas or films about the royal family float your boat then you’ll go overboard for this.

The costumes are gorgeous, as are the grandiose locations, while the attention to detail is admirable.

But the real reason it works is that Blunt and Friend make a wonderful couple.

Victoria and Albert’s loving relationship was well known and these two up-and-coming actors throw their all into bringing this to life.

The supporting cast aren’t bad either.

Bettany always brings depth to his roles and Strong is good at being bad. Richardson has the difficult job of being a bad mum, but she pulls it off well.

The extras are varied and informative, with stuff about the real Victoria and glimpses at how they pulled off such a grand production.

Source: The Mirror

The Dvd is released on Monday in the Uk, look out for the caps.

Just loast the theme too, so im going to have to make a new one