Emily Blunt absolutely sparkles in this period drama, a film that manages to be a good (though embellished) piece of history and strikingly romantic at the same time. Blunt plays Queen Victoria, covering her life from shortly before her coronation to shortly after her marriage to Prince Albert of Germany (Rupert Friend). Blunt brings a real honesty to her portrayal of a queen who experienced a lot of pressures due to her sex and her age. Blunt is 26, but she plays a teenager convincingly. The love story at the film’s core involves Prince Albert’s awkward courtship of Victoria. Because she is a queen in the making, Albert can’t (by law) take the first steps in their relationship. Director Jean-Marc Vallée and writer Julian Fellowes do a nice job of making something that could seem arranged and forced have real romantic charm. When the two wind up in each other’s arms, it’s a tremendously sweet moment.
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Emily Blunt proves she can carry a film with her portrayal of Queen Victoria