Victoria and Abdul


You  have to hand it to Judi Dench. The woman can play a Queen, even as she glides through this one with her tongue in her cheek. She’s funny, irreverent and powerful when she needs to be. The somewhat  fictionalized story of her friendship with an Indian servant scandalized the entire palace staff. She could care less. She elevated him in stature to avoid backlash from the beholders of old English protocol. But that also backfired until a final confrontation took place between the  Queen and the staff. The uninformed staff believed her when she told them he was a Hindu teacher. He actually was a Muslim servant who wrote down prisoner names in a book in his native India, but was sent to England give her a medal. He was chosen only because they wanted someone tall for the task.

The movie zips along and you root for these two as he cares about her and shows it. She is somewhat smitten with him as they banter through their relationship and she off course breaks all the rules for him. You laugh a lot in this upbeat, lighthearted romp.

Victoria and Abdul
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The Queen rules again

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