Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Young Victoria (2009)

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. [imdb]

Nominated for 3 Oscars:

Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design (WINNER)
Best Makeup

Who knew this much delayed Victorian film had that much popularity to score 3 Oscar nominations and 1 Golden Globe nom for Emily Blunt?! It wasn’t sitting this pretty a couple of months ago; and no wonder: despite the big historical figure promoted here, there isn’t much of a subject for the movie, and therefore it shifts a lot, unable to decide on a certain genre or storyline.

But in the end, The Young Victoria really is a pleasure for the eyes. Not in the same league as Marie Antoinette for example, but it does have nice costumes, adequate art direction and lots of pretty faces to look at, with Rupert Friend at top of the list. Emily is ok, but the role it not meaty enough, Paul Bettany had potential, but a much underwritten role and I did appreciate the short excellent performance given by Jim Broadbent.

My rating for the film: 7/10. I’m always into costume dramas. PS: how ridiculous in the makeup nomination? :))) the people from the makeup branch are nuts.

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