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Victoria and Abdul
Drama, Biography, History
IMDB rating:
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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Surprisingly endearing
My wife and I attended a preview screening last night with no preconceived ideas about the movie, not having even seen a trailer.

We were immediately drawn in and pleasantly surprised by the story, even though we thought it may have been a little far fetched. Until we found that it is a biography and mostly fact. That made the story even sweeter.

Dame Judy Dench's acting was peerless as usual, but by far the biggest revelation was Ali Fazal, who put in a wonderful performance from comedic through emotionally intense.

There was so much I didn't know about Queen Victoria's twilight years that this movie put into perspective, in a way that was consistently entertaining. We laughed and cried. Highly recommended.
Superb historic or was it drama 9/10
A joy to watch from the beginning

Brilliant scripting and casting and the interaction and comedy from the Laurel and Hardy pairing of the two Indian coin bearers was brilliant

Superb location shooting - the standard of cinematography was up to Merchant Ivory standards . Acting was too notch .

This is was Cinema at its best . CGI of Victorian London , Mumbai ( Bombay ) , Agra etc felt seamless .

A film you want to watch again and again

Pad.A 9/10
Starts out as comedy, ends up as drama
"Victoria & Abdul" (2017 release from the UK; 112 min.) brings the story ("based on true events... mostly", we are reminded at the beginning, of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and Indian Muslim Abdul. As the movie opens, we are in "Agra 1887", as we get to know Abdul, who works in the British Governor's Office. Abdul and one other man are selected by the Governor to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee and present her with a ceremonial coin. It's not long before these two are on their way to London. Meanwhile, we see the Queen in her daily (and mostly grumpy) routine. At the Jubilee dinner, Abdul, even though he was instructed not to make eye-contact, does so anyway... At this point we are less than 15 min. into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from veteran British director Stephen Frears, who just last year brought us "Florence Foster Jenkins". Here, Frears brings to the big screen the unlikely friendship between the most powerful woman in the world at that time, and an ordinary man from India. The first part of the movie is more funny than serious (the awkward adaptation to the British life style, etc.) and at times feels a but light-weight. That changes in the second part of the movie (for reasons I obviously will not spoil). Judy Dench, who is now a crisp 82 years young, gives another fine performance as Queen Victoria (reprising the role she first played in "Mrs. Brown"), bringing the Queen's loneliness and sadness colorfully to the screen ("Albert's been gone for 30 years, and I think of him every day", she laments to Abdul). The photography is eye-candy from start to finish, check out in particular the scenes in Scotland and Florence, Italy. All that said, when a movie opens with the disclaimer "Based on real events... mostly", to me that translates as "we have taken major liberties with how things really happened, so that we could bring you this particular movie". From the looks of it, the "British Empire" was mostly benign as it relates to the Indian subcontinent. But was that really so?

"Victoria & Abdul" opened at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati on not one, but two screens a few weeks ago. The Tuesday evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay (at first it looked dismal, then at the last second a large group of women, at least 10 of them, walked in). If you like historical biopics, you are the target audience for this movie, and I encourage you to check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion..
Mildly diverting...mostly
The movie starts with "Based on a true story...mostly". The card serves as both a heads up about the facts -- and a sort of inoculation against criticism. The tale is based on the story of an unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and an Indian commoner Abdul Karim. Through happenstance, Abdul is ported to late 19th Century England to bestow a gift from her ruled subjects in India.

The movie takes liberties with it's details. And, how. Adopting an almost frothy tone from the beginning, you can't help but think that is an outright fairy tale. Specialty films often like a little exoticism and picturesque settings (BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, THE QUEEN) to make any uncomfortable truths go down much easier. Little reason to worry here, as VICTORIA rarely digs very deep below the surface (the fact that India is tightly ruled over by the British Empire comes off as little more consequential than a disagreement over what tea to have at breakfast).

But, if you are making a movie about monarchy you can't do better than go with the reigning queen of screen queens - Judi Dench. Excuse me, DAME Judi Dench. Abdul is played by Bollywood star Ali Fazal. You can see his charisma despite a lack of true depth to his role. When the movie finally begins to take itself seriously in the last act, it is fortunate that Dench and Fazal help smooth the bumpy transition. It's unfortunate that you see in those final scenes, the movie VICTORIA AND ABDUL could have been. Director Stephen Frears has certainly shown the ability to bring more gravitas to his films (THE GRIFTERS, DANGEROUS LIASONS), but, like last year's Meryl Streep movie FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, he saves most of it to small passages here and there.

VICTORIA AND ABDUL is mildly diverting...mostly.
Compelling and Enjoyable
This epic film which I saw in the Cinema is an outstanding tale about the real life (mostly) as in the start credits about Queen Victoria and her Indian Servant Abdul Karim. first there was Victoria and Albert now the sequel.

The film starts with how the Queen met Abdul and how their close friendship was formed despite the court antipathy shown to the relationship. The Queen learns about India and its culture directly through her servant Abdul who even teaches her Hindistani.

The film focuses on real events done with a good dramatic setting suitable to the times with scenes on Royal Banquets and Plays in relevance to the story and its relation to the historical basis. The chemistry is works between the two main characters and the leading antagonists who scheme in every way to oust Abdul reflecting the colonialist mentally of the time. Contrary to the age of Empires being called Victorian the figure who the era of the 19th century is named after was not colonialist at all and this separate and fair portrayal of Politics and relationships are deeply demonstrated.

My one complaint is the better way for the film to capture the Anti-Muslim sentiments of the time would be to demonstrate Europe's relationship with the ruling Turkish King Abdul Hamid at this who was the Caliph with demonstrations from prominent imperialists such William Gladstone with direct references to the Sudanese Mahdi and the Indian Mutiny.

The end scene is very captivating and visceral when the Queen dies and Abdul acts like a son to her more then her heir the future Edward VII did. To add insult to injury all the books to which they had learnt Hindistani are destroyed saving only a priceless hidden relic with Abdul returning to India remembering the good times with Victoria. This film acts as respectable tribute to a remarkable relationship that is as relevant today as then with one man's silent story finally to the world.
This goes down a treat.
Last year it was ethnicity that dominated the Oscars and this year it could well be longevity. I recently predicted that, at the age of 91, Harry Dean Stanton could be Oscar's oldest ever Best Actor and even now there is every chance he will be posthumously nominated while Dame Judi, a mere 82, should have no worries in being a sure-fire contender for her performance as Queen Victoria in "Victoria & Abdul". It's a part she has already played in "Mrs. Brown", (losing out to Helen Hunt in "It's As Good as it Gets"), and to be fair, this is something of a walk in the park for her.

We are told the movie is 'mostly' based on actual events but I think we have to take a lot of what we see with a pinch of salt. It's certainly an entertaining picture, if a little twee and whimsical at times, but there is also a little more heft to it than meets the eye. As written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Frears this is no mere sentimental, historical romp. It is, of course, the story of the Queen's friendship, in the years before her death, with her Indian servant Abdul Karim, (Ali Fazal, an actor new to me), which until recently was something kept very much under wraps and which was very much opposed to by the Prime Minister, her son the Prince of Wales and the entire royal household and Hall makes this another post-Brexit movie, (I have a feeling we are going to see a lot of post-Brexit movies in the next few years).

What we have here is a film about racism and about empire and it's quite as relevant today as it was back in Victoria's time. Not that you have to take it too seriously; there's a lot of low comedy on display and Frears has assembled an outstanding cast of British character actors. Eddie Izzard is an obnoxious future king, the late Tim Piggot-Smith is quite wonderful as the toadying head of the household, Michael Gambon is the befuddled Prime Minister and Paul Higgins practically walks off with the picture as the Queen's concerned doctor; concerned, not with her health, but with the number of Indians about the place. As a piece of film-making there is, naturally, a large dose of Masterpiece Theatre on display but that, in itself, isn't such a bad thing. "Victoria & Abdul" goes down a treat.
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.
Wonderful story brought to life with fantastic acting, screenplay, set design and costuming. This period piece is captivating through the simplicity and subtleties that great actors, director and set design effortlessly bring forward. If you love great film, I strongly urge you to lose yourself for a few hours in this heartwarming and fascinating story.
Not entirely without redeeming features, but often looking like a mean and ludicrous farce
This is a biopic about the great great grandmother of our present Queen ("The Queen" as far as Stephen Frears's earlier film starring Helen Mirren is concerned). It also features her great grandfather Edward VII, another real and in many ways important historical figure shown in such a non-positive light that it must be seen as a profoundly wrong and impertinent portrayal (unless what is shown here is really true, which seems far from plausible to the casual viewer).

In fact, this film begins by declaring it is "mostly" telling a true story - in the context of a kind of jokey presentation style that scarcely inspires confidence. Indeed, at no time does this BBC offering directed by Frears really seek to inspire said confidence. Rather, it is cynically happy to spend half its time one step away from farce (albeit pointed and cruel farce), while parasitising on the well-known capacity of Dame Judi Dench to add gravitas and class to any role she takes on. This is indeed the case as Dench takes the heroine of our story through to her very deathbed of 1901, and to that epoch-making moment in the constant company of her real-life steadfast companion and Munshi (teacher) from Agra, Abdul Karim.

Now this is clearly an amazing story, and - to be fair - Frears at no time strays from the remarkable truth that Victoria was truly a non-racist in an era of unthinking racism. Dench's portrayal of Her Majesty makes her a sympathetic and wise figure, even if she does get to utter a number of implausible-looking lines about how fed up of being Queen she really is, how lonely, how disappointed in her family, and indeed how self-loathing. Ali Fazal is the Moslem Karim, who comes to the rescue of his Empress, endlessly loyal, though also it seems plagued mercilessly by a sexually-transmitted disease! Does Her Majesty fancy him anyway, or is she just touched by his devotion and capacity to cut through the protocol to show real feeling? No stone is left unturned in this area, but it all remains pretty decorous and at times touching.

In contrast, Frears has little mercy for the royal households at Windsor and the gorgeous Osborne House (Isle of Wight), or indeed for the aforementioned "Bertie" (the future Edward VII). The latter is portrayed very convincingly by Eddie Izzard in terms of looks, but far-from-plausibly in what the character says and does. When he meets Karim's fellow Indian servant, who has failed to make the same meteoric rise his colleague has managed and is now near death due to TB, he gets to hear an embittered and angry diatribe against the British Empire (you can just feel how much Frears loves every minute of that), before promising the would-be rebel that he is not going to make it out of the place alive! Did the future King really investigate such matters himself? Might he really be so angry and merciless and devious?

Background reading makes it clear that a (surprisingly) great deal of what is shown in the film DID INDEED actually happen, or at least is very much in the spirit of what happened, so YET AGAIN we are left with a biopic showing real people doing (some) real things that very often fails to convince. And in this case quite a lot of the blame must be laid with Director Frears. Just for starters, he should follow the basic rule that - if one really insists on simplifying centuries of Empire involving countless millions of people down to a single cliché word or concept - it is necessary to choose between "evil" and "ridiculous" and not try hopelessly to suggest both at the same time! Likewise, comedy is comedy, farce is farce and a historical film is a historical film. Films do in fact have genres for a reason.

As usual, a piece of this kind inspires a huge desire to read up further on its subject matter - which can only be a good thing. But it is also absurd in many ways that more pleasure and insight is gained from the reading than from the film inspiring that response in the first place!

That said, Dame Judi really can do no wrong to my mind, and she does indeed achieve a pretty compelling portrayal of a monarch only now being revealed, not as a one-dimensional figure, but as someone who can be a genuine source of wonder in all her multi-stranded diversity.

Perhaps that is reason enough to give "Victoria and Abdul" a watch, for all its imperfections?
Beautifully filmed, light hearted look at a serious issue
An elderly Queen Victoria battles to keep an affable Indian clerk as her "Munshi", or teacher.

Judy Dench gives another perfect performance as Queen Victoria- the first being 1997's Mrs Brown for which she received an Oscar nomination. Bollywood star Ali Fazal is completely believable as the young foreigner who brings light and laughter back into her life, and Eddie Izzard is amazing as the scheming Bertie, Prince of Wales.

Stephen Frears directs this masterfully with beautiful cinematography, but I found the movie a little unsatisfying in that a very political issue- that of racism and exclusion- was a little downplayed.

I would have liked to have seen how the changes of the Industrial Revolution had contributed to this xenophobia, and how our modern equivalent- whether you want to call it automation, the robot revolution, or just climate change- may be contributing to similar political movements today. Will we be able to explain Brexit, Trump's presidency, and the anti-immigration policies of Australia for instance, better in 100 years than we do now, do you think?

So in summary, a good movie, not great, as it could have been had it been a little braver.
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