Victoria & Abdul (2017)
Critic Consensus: Victoria & Abdul reunites Dame Judi Dench with the role of Queen Victoria -- which is all this period drama needs to overcome its imbalanced narrative.
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as Queen Victoria
as Abdul Karim
as Bertie, Prince of Wales
as Sir Henry Ponsonby
as Baroness Churchill
as Miss Phipps
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Critic Reviews for Victoria & Abdul
Victoria & Abdul may capture the ugly side of Britain's colonial past, but its demeaning portrait of Abdul reinforces the Orientalism it purports to lampoon.
The film's attempt to portray the Queen as more politically enlightened than her courtiers is kindly but unconvincing, and many of the actors bark and behave as if participating in a spoof.
Victoria & Abdul is worth seeing for Dench's magisterial performance and for Frears's light but sure directorial touch. Just don't mistake it for actual history.
This film - which is, we're told, "based on real events - mostly" - tells of how the elderly queen got her groove back, so to speak.
It's up to historians to assess how accurate this funny, charming film is to the details of Queen Victoria's last years, but its use of poetic license is impeccable.
Audience Reviews for Victoria & Abdul
With Dench and Gambon how can you go wrong and you don't in this amazingly true story of how a queen discovers joy and humanity from a lowly Muslim servant. The make-up and costumes are top-notch. Fazal, a Bollywood star, brings just the right nuance to the role of Abdul. (9-29-17)
This movie certainly has its flaws, but nevertheless it's amazing, refreshing, heartfelt, and benefits from an abundance of chemistry between its two leads. I loved it :D
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