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Drama, Biography, History
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Stephen Frears
Simon Callow as Puccini
Sukh Ojla as Mrs. Karim
Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim
Paul Higgins as Dr. Reid
Ruth McCabe as Mrs. Tuck
Julian Wadham as Alick Yorke
Robin Soans as Arthur Bigge
Judi Dench as Queen Victoria
Fenella Woolgar as Miss Phipps
Eddie Izzard as Bertie, Prince of Wales
Adeel Akhtar as Mohammed
Michael Gambon as Lord Salisbury
Tim Pigott-Smith as Sir Henry Ponsonby
Olivia Williams as Lady Churchill
Storyline: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
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Empty costume flick
For all the praise and glory this flick has received I must disagree!

Judi Dench is boorish as Victoria because it's just another Dench role she has perfected in previous movies. A strong willed hard nosed yet vulnerable woman. And Ali Fazal as Abdul comes across as more like a puppet than a person. The character development in both Victoria and Abdul is at a total loss.

I believe the other reviewers that speak so colorfully about his flick are overwhelmed by the magnificent production and photography and completely fail to see the thread bare script and transparent story line.

Four stars because it was pretty to watch.
Victoria & Mrs Brown, I mean Abdul
First things first, Dame Judy is excellent as Victoria, but then again she should be. She's certainly had enough practice.

Is this a great story? Not really, mediocre, sweet but without substance

I couldn't help but imagine in my mind the money men rubbing their hands.

What film will make money?

I know remake Mrs Brown? naah too soon. Change Brown to a Muslim !

Brilliant, by George we have it.

It's not a bad film but, nor is it a good film.

More a film that reminds you of the numerous other Queen Victoria films, several of which Dame Judy has played a certain queen.
Very good acting, little else.
I'm a bit lost on why Dench did this film. It certainly was a wealth to work with in context of the character.

But the script was very much historically inaccurate. The direction was poor and the editing choppy.

Billed as the relationship between the Queen and Abdul, it actually asked you to take their word for it and then focused on the redundant conflict between their relationship and the rest of the household. There were only a few cursory scenes between the two and their interactions that felt laborious with no chemistry. If they supposedly had such absorbing conversations, they never depicted them.

What little I subsequently read, it was very clear that extensive historical inaccuracies were boiled down to an essentially fictional account compressed into a relatively short span vs. the long period that it did take place. Abdul, as depicted, was supposedly selfless and devoted. History actually said he was very selfish and opportunistic, which would be line with reality being that the British Empire was no friend of the Indian people. Thus, a selfless Indian devotee of the Queen would be bizarre.

One oddity that stood out to me was Mohammid's death. In the film, Mohammid wanted to go back to India but ended up in England 'til his death due to the weather. No explanation why he would not have been permitted to return and why Abdul would not have facilitated that. It didn't happen like that in real life, though.

The direction was poor as there was no ebb and flow to the dialogue and interchanges. Most parties were speaking with the same rushed rhythm and tone. I had the feeling that the production was very much rushed and these good actors could do the best they could. I don't want to detail such, but the editing was choppy at best.

One of the warning flags was early on when they teased showing the Queen's face, over and over. Then when they did it farted out as it was at a distance and hard to see her face. I expected some sort of distinct appearance and a look of dejection from Dench.

Miss it. Not worth it. If you are a junkie for this period, you might sort-of like it.
Lovely Judi Dench
Amazing and lovely Dame Judi Dench gives a humorous and heartwarming performance as Queen Victoria. The film is a funny and inspiring one.

The pros: Director Stephen Frears knows how to handle British giants like Helen Mirren (in for example "The Queen" (2006)) and, here, Judi Dench. Indian actor Ali Fazal is truly charming and he and Dench have a great chemistry.

The cons: The film is a bit predictable and sometimes feels a little too constructed.
Maternal Relationship cheaply distorted with a romantic tinge.
The writing and the directions veer far away from the facts of the actual relationship to the point of being ambiguously absurd alluding to a romantic tinge. Especially in the final scene that shows the Taj Mahal, a symbol of romantic devotion, it just detracts from the actual connection Victoria and Abdul shared that transcended barriers of class, creed, color, race to connect on a human level. Abdul helps the lonely and aching queen to be her true self without the formalities of a queen and empathizes with her on a human level to comfort her, entertain her curiosity adding a new lease of life in her twilight years.

It such a shame the writing and the direction tinge it with romantic tones for the sale ability factor when it could have been a precious equation between two people fighting their own battles to over come many societal barriers.

The acting by the leading characters is top notch, but queen's character is a bit more fleshed out to give the dame to show her true potential where as Abdul's character could have been more engaging to hook the audience to get to know why the queen was so found of him.Eddie Izzard does the a brilliant portrayal of the heir to the throne.

Worth a watch, well executed,if you care to cautiously overlook to the glaringly mismatch within.
Another impeccable British historical drama with another venerable icon of British cinema.
Another impeccable British historical drama with another venerable icon of British cinema. What more can be said? Lots, actually. While Victoria and Abdul (2017) looks like more nostalgic self- indulgence wrapped in sumptuous period settings, it is also a cutting critique of British colonialism, a satire on aristocratic pomposity, but most of all, a bitter-sweet comedic story about the loneliness of being a Queen.

Her Majesty Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) has been monarch for 50 years and her boredom with royal occasions is palpable. Coincidence and luck leads to a lowly clerk Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) travelling from India to present her with a medal in grateful recognition of British colonial rule. Court etiquette requires that one must never look at the Queen and to retreat backwards after addressing Her Majesty. When presenting the medal, the curious Abdul cannot resist a peep; their eyes meet, and Victoria is instantly charmed by the tall, good-looking Indian who appears so human in contrast to court toadies. She summons Abdul and soon he is her constant companion and mentor, much to the disgust of the racist lackeys who fawn for her favour. The relationship would last 15 years, during which time Victoria learnt about Indian language and customs. She developed a genuine sympathy for the nation over which she ruled as Empress of India.

While labelled a drama, the treatment is distinctly comedic. Court manners and customs are low- hanging fruit for mockery, and caricatures of court sycophants are all too easy to construct. But the humour masks the deeper layers of the story. Until she met Abdul, Victoria knew nothing of India and shared Britain's official contempt for this unruly land and its ignorant masses. Imperialism carried a divine right to rule over lesser humans and it was only through Abdul's influence that Victoria developed sympathy for the nation and its problems. The relationship with Abdul is also one of the most liberating experiences of Victoria's long reign and helped overcome the loneliness of royal isolation in her senior years. Judi Dench portrays this emotional transformation with extraordinary power: no living actress can match her imperious gaze. Her face has become more transparently expressive over her long career and even a miniscule raising of an eyebrow can speak volumes. The new spring in an old lady's step, the twinkle in her eyes, the firming of her voice, all tell of the universal pleasures of connecting with another human, irrespective of any age divide. While Ali Fazal shares star billing, his aura is inevitably overshadowed by Dench. His greatest contribution to the film is being able to portray ambivalence between being just another sycophant or an innocent with genuine fondness for the Queen.

Historians will no doubt finds things to dispute and that is their job. As cinema, however, this is as good as historical dramas get. The script has a contemporary feel that makes the dialogue relevant to many of the racial issues we face today. The filming alone makes the movie worth seeing, offering a delightful tour of grand palaces and glimpses of courtly life in 19th Century England. While the British have made many such films, it's hard not to enjoy Victoria and Abdul.
Based on real events, mostly
The summary line is what appears at the very beginning of the movie, with a metaphorical wink – a slight delay in the materialising of "mostly" on the screen. Right away, you get a general feel of the mood in the next two hours, mostly.

While history is the backdrop (with even a fleeting mention of the First Boer War), the specific subject matter is a footnote (in more ways than one, you will realise after watching the movie) of history not found in textbooks. It was the hay day of the sprawling British Empire. It was the Golden Jubilee celebration of 50 years of rule of the most loved Queen Victoria (even the Pirates of Penzance, in harmonious chorus: "…with all our faults, we love our Queen", per Gilbert & Sullivan).

There is a prologue, a somewhat lengthy establishing scene showing in parallel what happens in England and India. To present a ceremonial coin to the Queen (who is also Queen of India) at the celebration, two representatives from India, sufficiently tall, are required. Due to "an accident with an elephant" a last-minute substitute in brought in, resulting in a pair that somewhat resembles Legolas and Gimli, at least in relative height. The tall, handsome chap with the honour of carrying the tray is young Abdul (Ali Fazal).

At 82, Victoria seems to have seen everything and grown tired of everything. At the celebration dinner, Dame Judy Dench's weary eyes and down-turned mouth proclaim as much. At the head of a long table accommodating scores of royalties, she displays table manners suitable for eating alone in the kitchen, scooping up the last remnants of her soup or grabbing a piece of the fowl with both hands and attacking it savagely. The speed she is capable of is amazing, and also distressing, as protocol dictates that all plates be removed from the guests as soon as the Queen's has been. Witnessing Dench's performance in this marvellous sequence is already worth the trip to the cinema.

The simple narrative continues with various anecdotes that populate the two hours. As alluded to, they are presented with an accent on the comic effect (until near the end). The mutual affection between the titular characters has to be platonic, as she is old enough to be his grandmother. It evolves from master-and-servant to student-and-"munshi" (a teacher, of the Urdu language and the Koran, as he is Muslim). She values him so much that he becomes her sole attendant when she is handling "the box" (state documents). She has a special "cottage" constructed for him so that he can bring his wife and mother-in-law over. After her demise, he is sent home, as expected, while anything that serves as a record of this relationship is torched. This story was revealed years later, from his personal diary back in India, mostly.

There are three scenes that I particularly like, all showcasing Dench's top-notch performance.

One is her taking him to an idyllic hideaway, just the two of them, far from the maddening crowd. In this interlude of tranquillity, a dose of poignancy is injected when in a rare emotional release (that does not quite get to the proportion of outburst), she confesses her loneliness, as most people she had loved have died.

The next one, pure comic relief, takes place in an evening of merry-making in Florence where Puccini performs an aria from his new opera. Upon encouragement from one and all, Victoria murmurs to her eldest son "Bertie": "Pinafore". Depositing himself at the piano, he accompanies her on a performance of "I'm called little Buttercup", one of Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular numbers. Those who have seen the movie "Florence Foster Jenkins" can feel relief when I intimate that Her Majesty's performance does not quite match the hilarity of that other titular lady (portrayed, incidentally, by another great diva at the big screen). Just a tad off-key.

Finally, we have tension and confrontation, a "mutiny" scene when the entire staff, domestic as well as state, threatens resignation en masse if Victoria carries through with her intention of conferring knighthood on Abdul. Adding insult to injury, they also threaten to proclaim her insane. This gives occasion to Dench's iconic performance as she confronts the entire assembly. After rattling off an inexhaustible list of her experience as their ruler, as well as an imaginative array of unflattering descriptions that may conceivably be heaps on her, she nails her conclusion "……I am anything but insane".

Acting opposite Dench is not an enviable job. Ali Fazal held his own in the earlier part, projecting childlike charm and enthusiasm that captivates Victoria. Abdul, however, is not a one-dimensional character. He has the usual share of flaws in human beings although there is never a doubt that his affection towards Victoria is genuine. During some of these more demanding scenes where he needs to project various states such a little shade in the generally sunshine character, as well as remorse and pain, inadequacy in experience shows. However, just as Victoria is forgiving of Abdul, the audiences would likely be forgiving of Fazal.

Eddie Izzard played King Edward the VII, the aforementioned "Bertie" (Albert Edward), who took over at Victoria's demise and ruled for 11 years (yes, also as Emperor of India). For the purpose of the movie, one emotion dominates Bertie – he in furious (and jealous too) over the affection his mother gives to Abdul. Izzard did a good job in portraying this evolution of an initial irritation that festered to become a ruthless, cold hatred eventually.

It is a little disappointing to see that a strong support cast playing roles that have been written into something not much more than talking props. Michael Gambon (Prime Minister Lord Salisbury), Olivia Williams (Baroness Churchill) and Paul Higgins (Dr. Reid) deserve more. But then, this movie is really Dench's and so perhaps this is the best approach.
Judi Dench's return to old glory
Judi Dench returns to one of her most famous roles. And once again gives an undeniable great performance that is another notable entry on her great filmography. The film itself is not flawless but it is effective in what it tries to achieve. Director Stephen Frears wonderfully mixes drama with comedy and works with very up to date topics. In a way you could see the film as politically relevant for these days. The heart and soul of the film is of course Dench. She really has many memorable turns and really is the perfect choice to play this role. I don't think it will be enough for an Oscar nom, mostly because of the movie around her is "only" good but she should be a shoe in for a Golden Globe nomination. The problem with the film is that the core story is not that exciting and actually quite similar to the former Queen Victoria biopic "Mrs. Brown". However it is nicely photographed and has a fantastic score by Thomas Newman. Also the performance of Ali Fazal is quite decent, especially at the end. I like Michael Gambon's turn and Olivia Williams is memorable. The best performance besides Dench comes from Eddie Izzard tho who works his quite lone dimensional character quite well. Adeel Akhtar is a great comedic sidekick. Stephen Frears has done better biopics but also much worse. Its a very charming film. Touching, funny and thought provoking. Very cute in a way. Historically accurate? Well for some parts for sure but clearly not for all.
Victoria and Abdul
Momentarily after the new film, Victoria and Abdul starts, there is a title card that humorously tells us that the story we are about to see is inspired by true events, at least mostly as the playful title word play suggests. As you will later discover having watched the film, this statement not only about the film, but what takes place and what did apparently happen in reality may in some ways be found to be humorous, as there is a lot of comedy and things to find amusing within this account, but at the same time there is also tragedy that is all the more disturbing because it is not caused by unforeseen circumstances, or events, but instead at the hands of your fellow human beings, who still after all these years have racist and xenophobic tendencies that as much as we may progress as a human race in some ways, these are things that are unfortunately still alive and well as much as we wish they weren't. The film which is as we later learn based on journals and writings of one of our main characters, chronicles the friendship between then Queen Victoria of England and a man named Abdul, who is living over in India, which is then under British rule because of colonialism and she is considered to be Queen not only of England, but also as an Empress of India as well. How a very humble and in many ways, simple person such as Abdul should come not only to meet, but also befriend Queen Victoria, when in actuality they are literally world's apart, I will leave to your viewing pleasure to see the story unfold before you. This is a friendship much to the exasperation of not only Queen Victoria's staff, children and fellow ruling members of the British aristocracy, but even to Abdul, who comes from an entirely different background, culture and world than what he is introduced to when he comes to England in the presence of Queen Victoria. Instead of being pompous, or even hateful because of the British rule in his homeland of India, Abdul willingly serves and also befriends Victoria, and the two of them really bring out the best of themselves and also each other. We see how Victoria, is getting in many ways feeble and frail because of her old age and in a lot of ways she has little to nothing in common with her own family, or the people who work beside, or under her. She is respected by them, but as the film moves along these other counterparts who are meant to be loyal, really just seem to be in it for themselves, and their own best interests are at the heart of everything they do. Abdul, as I mentioned is extremely humble and unlike the fellow ruling class at that time, he is a man that seems not only full of life, but also of joy. Often when we see him, he has a gigantic smile on his face that is almost infectious and he has an optimistic attitude at most if not any time and situation. Victoria is often tired, bored and grows weary of everything that sits in front of her and yet Abdul breathes life and energy into her and makes her not only love the life that she has, but to treasure the things in her life and also what makes this world so very precious indeed. They write together, he teaches her and they just generally have a wonderful connection and bond to one another that I can safely say that she had with no one else within her quarters. For the sake of the monarchy and power that was in her grasp, her fellow servants, family and monarchy all try to stop Abdul, and get him as far away from her as possible, but even when he is threatened he remains both loyal and the best friend that Victoria could possibly have. This is a story of a friendship which knew no boundaries and a love that may have tried to have been suppressed, but instead grew all the more because of it. And instead of hating, or ridiculing each other because of culture, or other background issues, they instead embrace what each other and their culture and world views have to offer. There is a lot of beauty and hope to be found in this film by witnessing this relationship and in a lot of ways there is a gentle and kind quality to this film. We also do witness as I stated earlier the evil side of mankind which is just as prevalent today as it was back then. The film falls a little bit victim of melodrama and some clichéd if not familiar territory in the second half, but it still holds up well as a film as a whole and is a beautiful story that needs to be told and also a lesson in acceptance and tolerance that everyone should see. The performances are all spot on and this is a film not only to inspire, but also as a valuable life lesson of acceptance and even love which I think will win over even the most hardened of hearts.
Dame Judi Reigns Supreme
Her second portrayal of the former queen is just as enjoyable as the fist time and the bonus is that with this (and Mrs Brown) it's based on fact. Of course they had to twist it a bit but that was to give it the humorous spin. Bertie is played brilliantly too! There were so many fun things that Abdul and Mohammed were experiencing their first days in England that I can imagine would be a novelty to someone from a hotter climate. Truly charming story.
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