Victoria and Abdul

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Synopsis:

Victoria & Abdul is a 2017 British biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. The film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu and is an unofficial sequel to the 1997 film Mrs Brown.

Victoria and Abdul tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), 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.

Ratings:

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%

Awards and Nominations:

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling + Best Achievement in Costume Design

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Dame Judy Dench is always a major hit at Shere Village Cinema and it was a full house for the screening of Victoria & Abdul last night. I saw the film a few weeks ago and was very much looking forward to the story of the real-life relationship...

Dame Judy Dench is always a major hit at Shere Village Cinema and it was a full house for the screening of Victoria & Abdul last night. I saw the film a few weeks ago and was very much looking forward to the story of the real-life relationship between the Queen and her Indian servant. The film started off well and the character, Mohammed Buksh, who played the other Indian servant, was super funny in the first few scenes and my favourite character in the film. Judy Dench was brilliant as always and the film definitely deserves the two Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design and Makeup and Hairstyling. However, when the film suddenly shifts from comedy to drama the story became less fun and more depressing and left me feeling rather disappointed at the end. Although it wasn't quite what I was expecting, the film is still worth seeing.

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