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Judi Dench can do no wrong, and playing Queen Victoria for the second time in the richly satisfying Victoria and Abdul is an acting lesson par excellence that proves how rapturous it is to watch this great artist do everything right.
Abdul doesn't seem to fear the loss of his homes and station - he appears mainly to want to stay close to his special friend. Ignoring the rich complexity of these circumstances diminishes the history and its participants.
Even taking acknowledged liberties with what's billed as a "mostly" a true story, "Victoria & Abdul" is such a fascinating, relevant slice of history it's a shame that the movie isn't a bit less superficial.
The two leads are superb. And the idea that two people -- separated by class, a creed, a continent and half a century - could still share such a perfect bond of innocent friendship seems like an awfully important one.
Queen Victoria may well have been genuinely interested in Indian life in general, and the life of the Indian man she befriended in particular. But this genteel, self-satisfied movie doesn't begin to share her curiosity, much less earn yours.
The sizable constituency that turns out for glossy period drama of this kind will embrace the sumptuously appointed Victoria & Abdul as a moving account of an isolated old woman finding joy and lightness in her final years.