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 favour 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.

Critics Views

This funny, touching adaptation of Shrabani Basu’s 2010 biography has its own chemistry, withering wit and unsentimental message of acceptance. A royal treat. Total Film

Judi Dench can do no wrong, and playing Queen Victoria for the second time in the richly satisfying Victoria and Abdul is an acting lesson par excellence that proves how rapturous it is to watch this great artist do everything right. The Observer

Victoria & Abdul is a movie that flirts with exploring prejudice, cultural tension, power, and religion, but never really consummates the ideas. At best, it tries to humorously dismantle the absurdity of empires and royalty, but that’s about as subversive as it gets. The Playlist

Frears hasn’t just made an historical recreation; he has made a movie containing a message with universal implications for all places and times when racism rears its head. Reel Views

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. The Atlantic

Film Rating

 Critics: 57%  Audience 63%

Rotten Tomatoes
Top Critics positive review 61%  Audience liked it 72%

Stockbridge Audience: 92%

No. of responses:-

Excellent 83
Good 37
Average 2
Poor 0
Very Poor 0

Date: Wednesday 21 February

Time: 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Genre: Drama Biography

Director: Stephen Frears [High Fidelity (2000), The Queen (2006) and Philomena (2013)]

Writer: Screenplay Lee Hall, based on the book by Shrabani Basu 

Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon

Film Length: 1hr 51mins

Rating: 12
Mild bad language, sex references, racist terms

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