October 4, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW - Victoria & Abdul

When we hear a lot of good things about the Victorian era, we have been told about how great the United Kingdom under Queen Victoria's reign. The advancement of science and industries occur during that time. But until the discovery of a diary that linked Her Majesty to the controversial relationship with an Indian servant Abdul Karim, we learn that behind all the successes of the era, the persona of Queen Victoria is sad. It is even more sad that we learn about how this was erased in history to serve the successor.

Judi Dench and Al Faizal star as Victoria & Abdul, the world's most unlikely friendship between a monarch and a servant whom the Queen found favor during her reign. The imagery is clear for a humble servant to experience prejudice and discrimination by the own members of the Queen's household when he just opened up his culture to the person who rules it.

Judi Dench reprising the role of England's Queen is still as regal in her portrayal in Shakespeare in Love. Could we have proper accounts about Abdul Karim played by Ali Fazal, we could have a better or more realistic portrayal of the Munshi. He acted childish in front of the Queen that justifies breaking the royal protocols. But as we knew about the story, he brought joy back to Her Majesty's face.

We can sense that the next monarch in Victoria & Abdul lead a dark time to their empires but that is in another discussion for history. I love to follow monarch stories on Netflix and they really interest and fascinate me. Are you watching The Royals documentaries and The Crown? By the way, The Crown is releasing Season 2 on November, if I'm not mistaken.

Victoria & Abdul is now showing in Ayala Malls Cinemas, Trinoma, Glorietta 4 and Alabang Town Center.

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