Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's (Dame Judi Dench's) golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the Queen. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.
Director Stephen Frears was awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival just before a public screening of this movie. Other cast members present at the screening included Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, and Eddie Izzard. See more »
When Victoria and Abdul are riding in a carriage, snow starts, even though the trees are still in full leaf. In the next shot, the trees are bare. See more »
[as Queen Victoria reaches for her stamp, Abdul grabs it for her instead]
Thank you, Mr...
Abdul. Abdul Karim.
[Queen Victoria continues to write her letters]
I am always writing.
[Queen Victoria looks at him]
In India, I'm writing, a-all day, every day.
So in India, you are not a servant?
No. In India, I'm writing in my very big book.
You're writing a book?
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Begins with text that says it is "Based on real events... mostly". See more »
Here is a great tale, with quite a few elements of fact thrown in, told in a way that is often amusing and sympathetic. A lot of the plot is authentically filmed at Osborn House, where the events really happened. But it's ruined by an achingly 'woke' perspective, and a heap of anachronisms.
There was huge potential here: Judy Dench plays Queen Victoria so well; and Ali Fazal fits the bill as a "handsome Indian" as well as playing his part brilliantly and likeably.
Unfortunately all the other characters are two-dimensional caricatures,the Royal Household, the Prince of Wales, and the Prime Minister all pompous racists with no redeeming characteristics. The dialogue though well-delivered is truly banal in many places, and utterly unbelievable.
This could have been a great film, but sadly it isn't.
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