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Victoria and Abdul (2017)

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Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

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Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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AUD 1,888,081 (Australia) (17 September 2017)
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Costumes from the film Victoria & Abdul are on display in the Indian Durbar Room at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight until the 30 September 2017. Osborne is Queen Victoria's seaside residence on the island, and it was used as a location in the film. See more »

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Beautifully filmed, light hearted look at a serious issue
14 September 2017 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

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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