She took over role of Victoria, showed twenty years ago in Lady of Windsor, of John Madden, who staged relationship between sovereign and John Brown, a servant of court. Respecting course of years, Stephen Frears and screenwriter Lee Hall evoke ultimate fantasy of Queen in mourning, which made her choose as favorite Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) An Indian arrived at court of Saint James at random from celebrations of one of jubilees that Punctuated interminable reign.Judi Dench does not mask anything from betrayals of body, of afflictions of age. She is only one to put a little perverse
Judi Dench is great, in both senses: his Victoria, small, obese, greedy, impatient (she eats so fast that courtiers have no time to swallow, since one serves as soon as Queen has finished her plate) spends little energy that she has left to Imposing his royal will in few areas that left him passage to constitutional monarchy. Turning a footman into a Munshi (master) is responsibility of this exercise. The actress does not mask anything of betrayals of body, of afflictions of age. She is only one to put a little perversion in this story, suggesting that re was caprice in this favor granted to an Indian commoner.Social Chronicle
Stephen Frears content himself with stating facts of situation, of sketching out what she might say of British imperialism, and n letting his film follow course of a worldly chronicle. The ceremonies, royal migrations from Swansea to Balmoral, nothing that can please lovers of monarchical rites, everything is delivered in time and hour.
On part of author of one of most sharp political (and monarchical) films in History of British cinema, Queen, we were expecting a little more energy, stubbornness to delve into contradictions of a friendship that flourished forty years after The bloody crush of revolt of mutiny, fifty years before independence of India. This antagonism is treated here with same childish optimism as one that opposed dog to fox in Rox and copper.
British Film by Stephen Frears. With Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard (1 H 52). On Web: Www.universalpictures.fr/film/confident-royal and Www.focusfeatures.com/victoriaandabdul