This was written by an old chum of mine from my years in England, Julian Fellowes, who is also, of course, an Oscar winner for Gosford Park. Julian is one of the wittiest people I’ve ever met and has one of the sweetest, prettiest and most delightful wives–which, of course, only raises my opinion of him.
The Young Victoria, now out on DVD, tells the story of the great queen’s great romance and marriage with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. It’s a very entertaining and satisfying picture. The cast, headed by the charming Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend, is excellent. And the script’s understanding of the role of the monarchy in British life lends sympathy to the main characters and importance to the events. Without the usual self-satisfied modern criticism of the old institutions to dampen our compassion and wrong foot our feelings, the story comes to engrossing life.