History's most unlikely friendship.
Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
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Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Judi Dench Ali Fazal Tim Pigott-Smith Eddie Izzard Adeel Akhtar Michael Gambon Paul Higgins Olivia Williams Fenella Woolgar Julian Wadham Jonathan Harden Robin Soans Ruth McCabe Simon Callow Benjamin Haigh Will Christopherson Martyn Mayger Deano Bugatti Paul Redfern Ashley Hudson Penny Ryder Christopher McMullen Rita McDonald Damper Sukh Ojla Grant Crookes Shaun Newnham Nigel Black Sophie Trott Andrei Csolsim Show All…
Victoria e Abdul: O Confidente da Rainha, La reina Victoria y Abdul, Victoria and Abdul, 빅토리아 & 압둘, Victoria ve Abdul
The type of film your nan and her friends go to see at the cinema. Then she calls you to say it's an impeccable piece of film and, that its probably her favourite film of the year.
80% of this movie is just reaction shots of angry englishmen, showing disdain with silly faces or shouting: "That's preposterous!" to an Indian.
15% Judi Dench being Judi Dench.
5% of everything else.
Not quite my tempo, to be honest.
wow this takes British imperialism LIGHTLY. and there’s a joke within the first five minutes that is based off of prejudice towards India that sets the tone for almost the entire movie. YUCK
Definitely a “grandma” movie. Moving at times (and expectedly luxurious with set/costume design) but often extremely repetitive and heavy-handed with the very obvious and un-controversial message. My mom remarked “that was a lovely little movie” tho, so what can I really say?
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”Listen, little drop, give yourself up without regret and in return you will gain the ocean. Give yourself away and in the great sea you will be secure”
Stephen Frears Victoria and Abdul has a poisonous beauty surrounding it. A jolted juxtaposition from beautiful cinematography and the dire tragic events of colonialism and war which is breezed over with a slight jab of the events with an uncomical quote. The biggest and quite staunch issue in Frears film is the underlying theme of patriotic racism and ignorance in very indecent terms. Swimming in very shallow waters in a sea of insincerity. The film is Completely tone deaf. Incredibly problematic and impolitic, how…
Every now and again the British film industry turns out a film like Victoria & Abdul and I'm never part of the target demographic, being young and not particularly nationalistic. I'm just not a fan of these lighthearted colonial romps that play it so safe with their mild condemnation of the British empire. Sure the bad guys are racists but the heroine is literally the empress of occupied India. It's the worse kind of spineless nationalism because it creates nostalgia for the British empire by downplaying the atrocities to focus on one Muslim the Queen was nice to. To be fair, Victoria & Abdul is a bit more evenhanded that my previous sentences imply, but the film still comes from an attitude…
Woke colonialist nostalgia. Only in Britain.
if i ever made 15 second eye contact with ali fazal i too would fall in love with him give miss victoria a break
If you want a quick snapshot of how Britain has changed in the last decade or so, consider this: when Stephen Frears's The Queen was released in 2006, there was legitimate concern about whether the British public would want to see a film about a sitting monarch. Alan Bennett did it on stage in 1988's A Question of Attribution, and there had been comedy sketches about the Windsors on Spitting Image or in Private Eye magazine. Yet the articles written about Frears's film still betrayed this sense that it was almost blasphemous for a mere dramatist to imagine the thoughts and private conversations of a sitting monarch, as though we'd all regressed to the time when Shakespeare gingerly tested the…
ali fazal was out there looking like a tall snacc i would choose him over my own 9 children as well
Hooray for colonialism! Old folks' event movie of the year doesn't disappoint, hitting just the light diversion sweet spot between being neither too good or too bad where you actively start thinking critically about it and having nothing but good intentions about the semi-historical tale it portrays. If it isn't that different from Frears' last based-on-a-true-story dramedy, it's at least, infinitely more likable, with the strong possibility of snatching a couple of Oscar noms not being as immediately objectionable as in the case of 'Florence Foster Jenkins'.
"Victoria & Abdul" feels more like a comedy movie rather than drama. Maybe, I just should call it "dramedy". It is loosely based on history which makes this movie a biography, as well. Victoria and Abdul's friendship is unlikely yet precious. However, I couldn't feel fully emotional, in spite of their sweet friendship and good performances of Judi Dench and Ali Fazal. The other actors' performances seemed off, like they were disconnected. To be frank, I couldn't invest myself in any character. Moreover, I could barely focus on the storytelling, even though it aimed to convey a great message to audience. Something was missing in this film. Maybe it was the overall performance of the whole cast or maybe it was…
Went to see the BBC-produced movie Victoria & Abdul, an odd little movie about how Queen Victoria (Queen of England and Empress of India) became friends with an Indian servant against the wishes of just about everyone who worked for her. Apparently it’s based on a true story (though the title card adds “mostly”)… much of the evidence (the movie posits) was burned by the King once Victoria died but they found the Indian guys’ memoirs in 2010 and this movie is based on that version of history.
So, yeah, this is a very British film which is both a light comedy of manners and a serious drama about a queen at the end of her life. It’s also kind of…
I didn't have the highest expectations for this going in, so I was pleasantly surprised that not only did I enjoy it all the way through, but it made me LOL more than a few times. Obviously Judi Dench is great, so that wasn't much of a surprise. But the rest of the case bounced off her dry wit really well as well. Ali Fazal breaks out as Abdul, injecting some levity and perspective into the stiff royal atmosphere of Queen Victoria's household, while Eddie Izzard is entertaining as the entitled Prince Albert.
It also just flowed really well- never did it feel slow or even rushed. I think the healthy mix of heavier issues like the place of a…
me: wow he’s literally me
A bit painful to watch but very interesting.
Victoria & Abdul commits the cinematic crime of over-playing the "based on true events" card, especially with embellishments on a still sensitive topic today. Victoria's role is sanitised as Abdul plays the faithful servant, and their plot plods along at a decent pace without saying anything of consequence. Luckily, past the pretty sets, the film also offers a take on institutionalised racism that is decent, if a bit heavy-handed. Dench is good. Izzard and Akhtar were much more interesting.
judi dench ABUELITA MATERIAL
Outro que vi com a minha vó. Ela gosta de histórias sobre a monarquia britânica, como a série The Crown.
Victoria e Abdul é um filme bonito com uma mensagem bastante simpática que se ancora nas atuações dos dois personagens-título, interpretados por Judi Dench e Ali Fazal. Tem momentos cômicos leves e pouca acidez ao lidar com o imperialismo britânico, o que pode render um revisionismo histórico desmedido à figura da Rainha Victoria, por exemplo, aqui retratada como amável e generosa no ápice do domínio sobre a Índia. Mas pode-se aceitar que esse não era o foco do filme, e o próprio admite que ficcionaliza eventos em meio a circunstâncias reais. O momento mais incisivo fica em uma fala do personagem de Adeel Akhtar, até então bastante cômico, mas que demonstra resiliência e altivez quando confrontado a trair o colega indiano. Pouco.
Como filme leve, uma boa pedida. Como documento histórico, bastante deficiente.
Judi Dench just rips your heart out.
Eddie Izzard shows up with a big, bushy beard and he too would like a bit of your heart, if you don't mind.
Oh my goodness, hello Ali Fazal. You are lovely. I'll just give you my heart. I trust you with it.
I read the book this is based on recently, and the journals of Abdul Kareem are fascinating and heartbreaking. While the movie doesn't quite capture the history properly, it does tell a story that needs to be heard by a larger audience and does it well. It plays the drama appropriately and manages to show a male/female friendship in a believable, touching way.
um filme bem de tiazinha e que infelizmente passa um certo pano para os imperialistas, como já era de se esperar... mas ainda assim fiquei surpreso com ele pois não sabia da relação da rainha com o Abdul na vida real, achei top
“You are a fool but I adore you”.
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