Movie: Victoria and Abdul
Direction: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Gambon
Music: Thomas Newman
Cinematographer: Danny Cohen
Editor: Melanie Ann Oliver
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
What is it about: It’s a biographical comedy-drama which is based on the book of the same name by Sharbani Basu, which ponders the real life relationship between Queen Victoria of United Kingdom and her Muslim Servant Abdu Karim. The film is directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: Once in a blue moon comes a film, which puts a sweet smile on your face. That’s the case with “Victoria & Abdul” directed by Stephen Frears. It had great element of emotions grounded so well, which gets infused in to you. It starts as a comedy and slowly dives in to a potential drama with no hindrance. I can’t say it’s historically correct or it has all the factors required which makes a biopic a credible one.
The film had amazing cast, which made this all the more interesting. Judi Dench as the aging Monarch was brilliant. Even at this point in her career she performs so gracefully that no one can. And the way she slips in that witty touch was amazing.
Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim was perfect his career graph is looking quite strong and with this film it will spike well and most definitely has proven to be a commendable performer.
Adeel Akhtar as Mohammed was funny and he had a credible amount of screen space which filled in the comical element perfectly.
Eddie Izzard as Bertie, Prince of Wales was great, Tim Pigott-Smith as Sir Henry Ponsonby, Simon Callow as Mr Puccini were a great ensemble who added a great flavour to the star cast.
The cinematography by Danny Cohen was delectable, which had a great tone and was tightly edited by Melanie Ann Oliver. Music by Thomas Newman, was soothing and had a great ring to the mood intended.
Verdict: Stephen Frears, did a fantastic job in deriving a biopic which beautifully reflects the emotions of a Queen and her Mentor in a graceful manner. Definitely worth a watch, don’t miss it.