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 a neatly executed lark but one that eventually becomes ensnared in the colonialism it seeks to expose.
Audience Reviews for Victoria & Abdul
There is nothing like a pathetic period drama that romanticizes the platonic relationship between a condescending white queen and a submissive Muslim who is loyal to her like a puppy; but then again, all is fine when you show that Muslims oppress their women too, right? Yeah.
It's a cute which I enjoy. Quite heart breaking really!
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)
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