Victoria & Abdul

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68% Audience Score68%
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    One can't surely expect that although this is based on a true story, it is all perfectly historically correct. I think the effort put to make the movie interesting and moving is great, with beautiful photos, a pinch of irony and good acting. The mix is hard to fail. The humor is almost typically British, as Oscar Wilde would depict it with his style, seeing the Royal House dancing around the extravagances requested by the Queen in the late years of her life. Colonialism has surely had his dark sides and this is not left untold in this movie, where though the Queen seems to be trapped in her role and find relief from her prison and her lack of participation in her own business through the presence of Abdul Karim. Abdul is possibly not being exactly straightforward, but the loyalty and feelings for his queen are depicted as genuine and that is what at the end, when watching this movie, one wants to believe in.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    The plot shows how a true friend can help us face a tough life.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    This heartwarming story about Munshi Abdul Karim, a lowly prison clerk, and his relationship with Queen Victoria at the end of her reign, is a wonderfully produced and through provoking film. Dame Judi Dench shines yet again as this prestigious role of Queen Victoria, having previously graced this part in Mrs Brown. A wonderfully composed film, with Windsor Castle and Osborne House as the main backdrops, this is an intimate look into the care and affection between Queen and her Teacher.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    I was surprisingly hooked by this. It takes place after Mrs Brown. I don't know if it was a sequel to it but Judy Dench reprising her role is a nice touch. It's all very quirky and light hearted. The characters are good to watch. The stuffy upper class resentment towards Abdul is played just the right side mean to not be too annoying and tries to stay away from the very likely open racism that someone like Abdul would have undoubtedly faced. Eddie Izzard is great in it. There are some funny moments in it whether they're intentional or not I don't know how much of the story is genuine & how much is for drama but it's an interesting film and I enjoyed it.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    Centers on the relationship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her East Indian servant/ teacher, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal)
  • 3 of 5 stars
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    I'm a big fan of Judi Dench.. so I was really excited about the movie. And however it didn't disappointed me I was a little bored. Like history then this is the movie for you.. it feels very accurate and the bound Abdul and Victoria have feels very special
  • 1.5 of 5 stars
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    This movie revolves entirely around the title's characters, in a barely restrained romance... and that's it. The moment the two characters meet, the movie stops being about anything else. If you were watching this movie, believing it to be a genuine historic account of Queen Victoria, you'd be led to believe that she was a selfish, lovesick woman who cared deeply for Abdul, and absolutely no one else... not her children, not her office, not the people of her country, with the possible exception of her late husband. It's a terrible, unflattering narrative which I suspect is incredibly unflattering to the real Queen Victoria as well.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    I just watched it for the costumes, sets and Judi Dench playing Queen Victoria. TBH, I couldn't really care less about the story, as long as Miss Dench is in it, who cares?
  • 1 of 5 stars
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    I found the plot possible and plausibly interesting but the film did not do a good job in making it believable and convincing. The two main characters are well chosen but the directing and writing lacks in my opinion when it comes to a good film.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    Movies are supposed to be a form of escapism. That V&A takes liberties with history does not lessen its wonderful drama, humor, pathos, acting, scenery, or any other production values. Light fare that both men and women can enjoy (adult situations may require that youngsters avoid it without supervision).