Victoria and Abdul
CAST: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon DIRECTOR: Stephen Frears ENDING TUESDAY 11/21
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
This film - which is, we're told, "based on real events - mostly" - tells of how the elderly queen got her groove back, so to speak.Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
Dench owns this from the minute she appears on screen.Matt Neal, ABC Radio (Australia)