My picture of Queen Victoria was very much that of a an small, old lady, quite fat, her hands covered in rings, of course dressed all in black with a white lace veil and always in mourning her husband, tyrannising her family and government and nevertheless the longest reigning and most imposing monarch ever to sit on Britain's throne. Every actress who embarks on the enterprise to play the role of Queen Victoria will have to deal with the general public's perception of the Queen and at the same time show us "the real Victoria". Dame Judy Dench manages this in this excellent movie.
The film takes us into the 1860s, as Victoria was inconsolable after the death of her beloved husband, ahs retired from the world. She sends for her late husband favourite gillie, Mr. Brown who mange to bring her back to the world of the living. These unusual platonic friendship between the mighty Queen of the British Empire and a mere Scottish servant shows us that Queen Victoria was a woman who needed to be taken care of, needed a man at her side she could entirely trust and a shoulder to lean on. The movie shows us that she was an emotional fragile person and at the same time a female monarch who in a male dominated society manage to hold everybody in awe. By taking a Scottish gillie as her trusted friend, she defied all conventions...in the Victorian area which seems to me all convention... Maybe Queen Victoria was perhaps less conventional than public perception makes her out? The story is very touching and one understands more about this side of the "old Queen" as through any biography.
The actors are superb - Dame Judi Dench should have earned Oscar for her spot-on portrayal of the troubled Queen Victoria. She got it only two years later for her repeat, but not as impressive royal performances as Queen Elizabeth in two 1999 films.
I am sure that you will enjoy this film!! Not one single moment of boredom, a well told story and excellent acting.