By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –
Queen Victoria was formerly the longest reigning British monarch before Queen Elizabeth II broke that record on 9 September 2015. Nevertheless, Queen Victoria holds a special place in European history (and even had an entire historical era named after her known as “The Victorian Age”). The Young Victoria captures the essence of what life must have been like for Queen Victoria during the turbulent beginning of her reign.
This film is a British period drama filled with splendor. Sandy Powell won her third Oscar for designing the costumes. The film also features beautiful Oscar-nominated production design that captures the beauty of the Victorian Age.
Emily Blunt delivers a ravishing performance as Queen Victoria, and earned a Golden Globe nomination for her efforts. The supporting cast is also filled with some of the best performers in the entertainment business, including Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent and Miranda Richardson. Coincidentally, Jim Broadbent and Miranda Richardson have appeared in Harry Potter films, and the cast includes five actors from Game of Thrones, which includes: Julian Glover (Pycelle), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), Josef Altin (Pyp), Tom Brooke (Lothar Frey), and once again, Jim Broadbent (Archmaester Ebrose). It is almost as if this film features most of the talent from the U.K. working in Hollywood today!
This film is much more than a period drama, though, because it is also a passionate love story between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Maybe the reason why this film is called The Young Victoria is because it focuses on the youthful romance between two of the most famous members of royalty of all time.
All hail Queen Victoria! Long live the queen!
The Young Victoria (2009) Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: for each of Sandy Powell’s Oscar-winning costumes
Take a Drink: for every romantic moment between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Drink Some Wine: every time the characters drink wine
And Cheers: to Queen Victoria herself!