The Young Victoria
First screened in December 2009
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée. Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Mark Strong, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Jeanette Hain, Michael Maloney, Jesper Christensen, Thomas Kretschmann, Michiel Huisman, Julian Glover, Rachael Stirling, Genevieve O'Reilly, Morven Christie, Sophie Roberts. Screenplay: Julian Fellowes.

Twitter Capsule: Less dry than I'd heard, though I guess that's not a rave. Blunt holds up fine; Friend really engages. Familiar.

VOR:   Precisely the areas in which this perfectly serviceable film is lacking. Minor even in the Blunt and Powell files, despite Oscar.

Photo © 2009 Apparition/GK Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Maggie Gray
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell
Best Makeup: John Henry Gordon & Jenny Shircore

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actress (Drama): Emily Blunt

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