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Movie: Victoria and Abdul

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

The film is teasingly introduced as “based on facts – mostly.” This may take history buffs off guard, but seeing Judi Dench’s portrayal of the aging Queen Victoria is such a treat one tends to be caught up in the story anyway. Judi has a couple of scenes in particular that are powerful reflections of a lonely monarch, and scenes that show her delight in learning of faraway places and new things. Her performance is superb. Also, the actor who plays her wayward son and heir, Bertie (later Edward VII), gives a realistic performance that fits the historical records about him! Viewers will enjoy the humor in the tale, as well as feel the power of the unlikely relationship between Victoria and the handsome young man whom she calls her “munshi” (i.e. teacher). 

 

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