Victoria & Abdul

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A young Indian clerk catches the attention of Queen Victoria after a ceremonial coin presentation.

"Victoria and Abdul" is a light-hearted film that has fun staging the superfluous routine of the Queen Royal, and offsetting flamboyance with an extraordinary story of cultural prejudice. The Queen's delightful performance is both bold and unflinching, but also tender. Her curiosity is key to the authenticity of the relationship with her teacher, who chances upon his newfound role with his unrequited passion for India. While it might not explore the politics of their friendship thoroughly, this account will entertain with an ongoing sense of humour carried by the chemistry of its leads and the royal spectacle that surrounds them. Teacher's pet.

Anthony Macali

Limited Release 21st September 2017
Universal Pictures 112 mins