Victoria & Abdul

Victoria & Abdul

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, 2017
Branch Call Number: VIC
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm. + 1 dvd


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Jul 15, 2018

An Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) travels to London to present Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) with a ceremonial coin for her Golden Jubilee. The pair form an unexpected bond upon meeting, but the lifelong friendship that develops is threatened by the disapproval of Victoria's inner circle. As the Queen contemplates what her life of service has meant and the restrictions it has placed on her, Abdul brings her joy as he indulges her fascination with the country she rules over from half a world away. Directed by Stephen Frears. Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, and Olivia Williams co-star.

Jul 15, 2018

Contrary to the negative reviews regarding this film being boring, I rather enjoyed it. Now, I cannot speak on how historically accurate it is, but watching this straight out of the gate, I found myself immediately immersed. That is, I am not at all familiar with Queen Victoria's latter years, save to say she was terribly depressed and miserable after Albert's death. She also had difficult relationships with her children.

Dench does a remarkable portrayal of the Queen.

Apart from that, I found the acting and visuals well done. And, for anyone finding the dialogue a challenge to follow, I recommend you put the captions on. This is a good movie!

Jul 08, 2018

Quite a relationship for a queen who ruled for a long time Could not always understand the dialogue.

This is a solidly-entertaining film with fine performances and wonderful cinematography, sets, and costumes. A little-known relationship brought lovingly to the screen warts and all. Definitely worth a look. Good light dramas are hard to find these days.

JCLStefanieE Jun 20, 2018

Beautiful camera-work accompanies this fascinating true story about Queen Victoria and the Indian-born man she becomes friends with in the twilight of her life. If you enjoy the Netflix series "The Crown" you are sure to love this.

Jun 19, 2018

Another winner by Dame Judi!! She really gives Victoria heart in this one. BTW, TH enjoyed it too.

Jun 12, 2018

I'd give it 10* for the joy of watching Dame JD, the portrayal of all things Victorian Era, especially the costumeing. Being interested in history I was surprised to learn this event & one of such duration. Not the least bit surprised at the attitudes, what a miserable existence for all classes. Being a Royal has to be a burden along with a few perks, depending on the personality I suppose. I so admire the actor (name escapes me) as the second Indian - I've seen him in other films & find him cleverly versatile. The bonus section is worth the time & I would have appreciated a bit more background. Suppose that means reading the book or searching for this info.

May 16, 2018

Dame Judi Dench does it again gives a remarkable performance along with Ali Fazal too. A worthwhile film that is worth seeing

May 11, 2018

We liked it, very entertaining.

Apr 14, 2018

Rather unexpected way that the story unfolded. Did feel sorry for the countryman that had to show up in England with Abdul. Seems that both men relied on favour or not to stay in England.
Funny to see even in Victoria's time (she who led the massive cutlery for every food endeavour) that when she finished a course, it meant the end of the course for all the guests. Must have been a tremendous social and financial burden for guests to show up dressed to the nines and be early then to race to eat yet still keep up their part in the table conversations.
What a tedious society!

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Feb 19, 2018

Abdul: The mango is OFF. Victoria: The mango is OFF!

Jan 30, 2018

Most controversial scene part 1 of 2:

Mother, we have to see you. Alone.
-I'm in the middle of my Urdu lesson.
Mother, we come with very important news of a highly personal matter.
-I've nothing to hide from Abdul.
Please, Your Majesty. Your Majesty... I'm afraid our news concerns the Munshi. We have proof beyond any doubt that Abdul Karim is a low-born impostor, Your Majesty.
-The Munshi is from a noble family and a long line of teachers.
No, I'm afraid he was a mere clerk in a common jail. My own son has sent word from India and has actually spoken to his immediate superior. His family are completely uneducated. His father is a lowly apothecary. // The Munshi never even went to school, Mother. The man's a complete fraud. And here he is, overlooking the boxes. // I'm afraid it's true, Your Majesty. Abdul and his father are completely common. We have prepared a dossier.

Jan 30, 2018

Most controversial scene part 2 of 2:

-You despicable toads! Racialists! Spying? Dossier? Picking on a poor defenseless Indian? Of course he doesn't have qualifications. They do things completely differently out there.
Don't you see, Mama? He's using his position for his own gain.
-And how does that make him any different from any of you? How dare you look down on Abdul? How dare you defame his poor father? Bertie, I'm ashamed that you're part of all this. Abdul is a loyal, wise, sympathetic human being, who has raised himself on his own merits. … It has become apparent that in order to get any respect from the Household, one needs to be formally recognized. In which case, Abdul. I intend to give you a knighthood in the next honors list.
Enough! This is absurd! We cannot protect you from this any further. The man is riddled with gonorrhea!
-Gonorrhea? SIR HENRY:
Yes. Your Majesty.
-Well, you are a doctor. Why don't you treat him? Now get out of my sight, all of you!

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