The Young Victoria
Rating: ***

It’s surely disappointing that Québécois director Jean-Marc Vallée chose to follow up his ecstatic 2005 debut C.R.A.Z.Y. with a Golden Age period piece.

But that’s not to say that The Young Victoria — which stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous monarch and Rupert Friend as her ardent suitor Prince Albert — is without merit.

As an examination of girl-in-a-gilded cage melancholy, it’s far more affecting than last year’s similarly themed The Duchess — mostly because Blunt does more with her role than simply pout in a variety of fetching period get-ups.

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