The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE MOVIES -

DAME JUDI QUEENS UP SPOT­LESSLY AGAIN, UK, 122 MIN­UTES Dame Judi Dench is a marvel of pre­ci­sion act­ing, this much we al­ready know. As Dench has played the fa­mously long-serv­ing, short-tem­pered Bri­tish monarch Queen Vic­to­ria be­fore, this light­weight pe­riod biopic set in the ruler’s twi­light years should be a walk in the park. Nev­er­the­less, Dench sets a cracking clip, forc­ing the rest of the movie to keep up with her imp­ish, sly and open-hearted per­for­mance. This is the story of Queen Vic’s un­usual re­la­tion­ship with Ab­dul Karim (played by Bol­ly­wood star Ali Fazal), a lowly clerk from In­dia who rose through the ranks of the royal house­hold to be­come her clos­est con­fi­dante and spir­i­tual ad­viser. Dench and Fazal are a very en­dear­ing screen team­ing, par­tic­u­larly when mer­rily draw­ing dis­ap­prov­ing stares from the stuffi­est shirts in­side Buck­ing­ham Palace.

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