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March 28, 2018
It is year 1863 and Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert dies, she withdraws from public life, so the court appoints a former servant of the prince, John Brown (Billy Connolly), to help her recover from her grief. Brown's unorthodox ways and disdain for protocol draw the queen out of her shell, and he becomes her sole confidant, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil. Dame Judi Dench is perfect in that role and she demonstrated a great talent, for which she was nominated for an Oscar.
October 15, 2017
Mrs. Brown is an excellent. It is about the friendship between Queen Victoria and John Brown following the death of her husband. Judi Dench and Billy Connolly give amazing performances. The script is well written. John Madden did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Mrs. Brown is a must see.
April 29, 2016
Beautifully shot, well acted, but the writing was awful! No character development, no narrative, no link between one scene and the next. Difficult to follow, difficult to watch.
½ April 2, 2016
"We are all subject to forces beyond our control"
½ September 21, 2015
Originally commissioned as a production for the BBC television division, Mrs. Brown can't help but feel like a staid television film rather than one made for theatrical distribution. These shortcomings aside, it does have its share of admirable qualities, namely the performances of Dench and Connolly who elevate the proceedings considerably with their sweet portrayal of an unlikely friendship. While it's not the most compelling example of its genre, it's competently made and adequate in conveying the slice of history it focuses on; occasionally that is enough.
August 13, 2015
An entertaining story of friendship, that can lift the vail of despair.
January 11, 2015
A bit dry but Judi Dench saves the movie. Had to google and explain why the Royal family made a toast to Queen Victoria by saying, "Victoria Regina" as I had major looks of surprise and laughter on Emma and Lucy's faces. Emma: 9/10. Lucy: 7/10.
½ August 22, 2014
How wrong can we be about ourselves.
Super Reviewer
½ June 22, 2014
Stories of England's many queens have been overflowing in the past twenty years, "Mrs. Brown" being one of the first examples, followed shortly by "Elizabeth." Judi Dench is phenomenal, as always, and courts the film as a strong leader, a wailing widow, and a great friend to her manservant, John Brown. While the film alludes to the two having an intense bond, this is not a torrid romantic drama, and very much retains respect for the monarchy. Victoria is a grieving widow throughout, as she was in life, but Billy Connelly's performance as John Brown spices up her life and brings her out of seclusion. The ending would have to be the least enjoyable thing about this film, as it just sort of ends without much explanation, and this beautiful relationship that they've built up throughout the film is abandoned. It feels like there wasn't a point in the film in the first place and upends everything they've alluded to throughout the film. Otherwise it was an understated period piece that told a much underappreciated story with zest and life.
½ February 10, 2014
Judi Dench and Billy Connolly are great here. But it is a little bit too boring.
January 11, 2014
Great movie
Judi Dench is always great!
Super Reviewer
January 9, 2014
Judi Dench deserved the Oscar for this. The academy made up for its mistake by giving it to her for a 15 minute performance in Shakespeare in Love. This is Judi at her best as Victoria and the awkward and unsure "relationship" that she has post Albert with the Scotsman Brown. Billy Connolly rises to his best as well as the often confused Brown.
½ November 24, 2013
Outstanding Dench and Connolly in the real court real life drama about the inspiring but misunderstood friendship of a queen and her faithful,unsinkable servant.
½ May 28, 2013
Interesting account of the relationship between Queen Victoria & her Scottish ghillie, John Brown. Excellent performances by Dench, Connolly & Sher. Lovely Highland scenery. Not as emotionally engaging as I had hoped it would be.
May 14, 2013
One of the finest performances of all time. Dench was 62 when she received an Oscar nomination for playing Queen Victoria. It was the movie that gave her a film 62!!
May 11, 2013
Thoroughly excellent historical drama, Billy Connolly holds his own opposite Judi Dench.
April 15, 2013
This film was a strong historical well done film. Judi Dench is fabulous as the queen and has great chemistry with Bill Connolly's role. The main thing that's best about this film is the acting. The two leads are so strong and the story is good as well. The costume designer did well as well. This is a total must see film. My grade=91%(A)
February 13, 2013
DENCH, Dench, dench.. she is the life force of this fantastic drama..
February 7, 2013
Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love (1998), Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) and The Debt (2010)), this is an entertaining period drama which was originally made to be shown on BBC One, however Harvey Weinstein got to see it, and his company Miramax picked it up, and turned it into a world success. It's got two brilliant leads up front, both giving terrific performances, almost career best. In 1863, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) has been in a state of mourning for 2 years, since the death of Prince Albert, this has alienated the British public and parliament. However, Victoria's chief servants led by Henry Ponsonby (Geoffrey Palmer) appoint Scottish servant John Brown (Billy Connolly) to help ease her back into public life while she's at Balmoral. His manners are at odds with her, but she soon warms to him. But, the closeness between the reigning monarch and this lowly servant soon becomes a public scandal, and Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (Antony Sher) finds himself on the receiving end of parliament, wanting to dispose of Victoria. It's an entertaining period drama, with the odd flash of wit, but there are some moments you maybe can't believe really happened. Would the real Queen Victoria have approved of being spoken to like that?? Who knows, but it also has Gerard Butler in his screen debut.
½ January 26, 2013
An interesting and entertaining, yet somewhat dry period piece.
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