Director Stephen Frears has made great controversial films like SAMMY AND ROSIE GET LAID, THE SNAPPER and MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE. He has also made films about royalty before, like THE QUEEN and also sentimental slush like PHILOMENA, with Judi Dench. VICTORIA AND ABDUL a film about Queen Victoria (Oscar Winner Judi Dench) and her Indian servant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) contains a cocktail of all the elements of the films mentioned above. The result, as expected as a mediocre Jack of all Trades Master of None film, which shines but only occasionally.
The film chronicles with humour and insight the friendship between Queen Victoria and a decades-younger Indian clerk…
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