VIC­TO­RIA & AB­DUL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

Di­rected by Stephen Frears. Star­ring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gam­bon, Olivia Wil­liams, Ed­die Iz­zard, Tim Pig­ott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar,

Fenella Wool­gar Queen Vic­to­ria’s re­la­tion­ship with an up­pity ser­vant res­cues her from emo­tional tor­por as it drives the Prince of Wales and her sec­re­tary, Lord Pon­sonby, puce with fury. Yes, it’s as much a re­make of Mrs Brown as an un­of­fi­cial se­quel. Dench is re­li­ably ex­cel­lent as the Queen, but Bol­ly­wood star Fazal is un­der­pow­ered as her In­dian ser­vant. It may not be the ac­tor’s fault, but it’s hard to see where the at­trac­tion lies. Solid mid­dle-brow en­ter­tain­ment for all that. PG cert, gen re­lease, 110 min DC

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