Victoria & Abdul

Victoria & Abdul

DVD - 2017
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The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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graybear3
Jan 14, 2018

Delightful! Judi Dench is always fabulous!

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winston16
Jan 12, 2018

What's not to love? Judi Dench, a cadre of great British actors, a fun story
(mostly true as noted at the beginning of the movie), humor, poignancy, and a look at a mostly unknown part of British royal history. See it!!

lt_bibliosara Jan 10, 2018

Judi Dench does it again! Before watching this, I knew very little about the later years of Queen Victoria. This movie does an excellent job of not only creating a plot that intrigues the viewer, but pretty accurately portraying many of the historical events/characters it focuses on. The film deals with the issue of prejudice, ignorance, and imperial suppression without straying too far from the focus; the unusual friendship between Queen Victoria and Abdul. It was wonderful to see such a warm relationship develop between two very different individuals. Victoria all but adopted Abdul as another son, something which created a great deal of tension within the Royal Household. Judi Dench is excellent as Queen Victoria, and the pace is not as slow as I thought it may have been. A great depiction of the way that a little kindness can open someone's world.

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samjenks
Jan 02, 2018

An excellent movie, Judi Dench was great as the queen.

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BeausPerson
Dec 26, 2017

It seems this story almost disappeared from history due to racism and to prevent scandal.

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knobbyknees69
Dec 23, 2017

Excellently produced, all on location. Be sure to watch the bonus features! Performers were very convincing in their roles...And Dame Judy Dench was superb!

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weeksworld
Dec 18, 2017

This is a delightful docu-drama. The prologue mentioned that it was "mostly" true so I don't know how much of this was an elaboration. Still, it was a great slice of history notably for the fact that the death of Victoria ended the Victorian Age and so this punctuated the decline of the English Empire, not the least was the emancipation of India. The story revolves around Victoria's doting of Abdul which seemed to give her a new lease on life when she was growing bored of the trappings of English nobility. Abdul only showed up initially to present her with a token award of their appreciation and ended up staying for 15 years as a side fancy of hers. Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Eddie Izzard are so fortunate to have around for these roles as they seem perfect. Watch this and you won't be disappointed.

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