Victoria and Abdul Take a Date

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Victoria and Abdul

(2017.00) - 111 min - PG133

In 1889 an Indian man is sent to England to present Queen Victoria with a special coin. The bored, aging queen notices he is handsome and a friendship ensues.  Click below to stream or buy the movie when available:

Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Gambon, Paul Higgins, Olivia Williams
Biography, Drama, History

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  • Interesting architecture
  • Lovely scenery
  • Great music
  • Eye candy
  • Cute kids
  • Cute animals
  • Explicit sex
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  • Obscenities
  • Icky stuff
  • Death of a child
  • Violent
  • Just too long

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Based on a story which has emerged from the reading of Victoria's diaries, The Queen at age 71 meets Abdul who has come to England in 1889 to present Queen Victoria a special coin. The Queen, a widow for over 30 years, is bored and waiting to die. However she lives almost another 11 years until ultimately dying in 1901 at age 81. Judi Dench is tremendous as the monarch who rushes through each royal meal in order to finish the dinner and go to bed. She notices Abdul is handsome, and it is decided that he will be her personal footman. He becomes her teacher, initially of Urdu (a language of the subcontinent) and about ultimately about India itself and the Orient. While lowly born, he is filled with knowledge and engages the elderly monarch. Judi Dench is wonderful. Many may think Abdul shows little emotion which is perhaps a reflection of his former life, but he clearly wants to please the Queen. The interior scenes as well as the exterior scenes of the various households are wonderful. A few photos still exist of the two although King Edward VII(Bertie during his Mother's lifetime) despised Abdul and destroyed all evidence of their friendship. I enjoyed it, and hope you will as well.

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John Smelcer March 5, 2018

This movie was much better than I expected from the trailer. Judi Dench was great, as usual. However, the dramatic interplay between Victoria and Abdul was very touching and very well done. Also, the posturing within the Royal household and with Queen Victoria was very interesting. Also, Eddie Izzard portrayed the Prince of Wales (Bertie) superbly as he sought to undercut his mother and be rid of Abdul. Recommended.

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