FILM: The Young Victoria

….And I thought I’d seen all the good period films! I gave up searching for movies set in the 19th century, knowing I’d be disappointed, as I had failed to find one (which I hadn’t seen) for the past few months. But, lo-and-behold, I accidentally came across ‘The Young Victoria’ which is based on the love story between Queen Victoria and [Prince?] Albert. I don’t know how historically accurate it is. My knowledge is mainly concentrated on the late 18th and early 19th century. So, if there were any inaccuracies, I didn’t notice it, and so my ignorance allowed me to enjoy this movie most thoroughly. It was so refreshing, as it’s very BBC-period-drama-esque and has not been Hollywootized. There wasn’t much of a climax, and there wasn’t that Hollywood ending with loud, dramatic music accompanied by cheesy lines. No, the whole film was fairly subtle from start to finish.–It was its subtility that made some of the scenes most endearing. And if not for anything else, I would watch this movie for the costumes itself. So beautiful. But alas, I still think the Regency fashion was better. I just don’t like the mustaches and bushy sideburns of the Victorian men. And their trousers were too loose. Also the ladies’ muslin empire dresses in the Regency era were beautiful!

Overall, though “The Young Victoria” may not be the most memorable movie I’ve seen, it was still great to watch and I’d recommend it. Well, I’d recommend anything with costumes!