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Sunday Herald Life - - FILM REVIEW - By Da­mon Smith

Victoria & Ab­dul (PG)

Twenty years af­ter Dame Judi Dench beau­ti­fully cap­tured the aching lone­li­ness of Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown, the diminu­tive na­tional trea­sure slips back into re­gal garb for Stephen Frears’s heart­warm­ing com­edy drama torn from a long-lost page in his­tory. It’s 1887 and Queen Victoria is Em­press of In­dia, though she’s never vis­ited the do­main. In Agra, two lowly men – Ab­dul Karim (Ali Fazal) and Mo­hammed (Adeel Akhtar) – are cho­sen by Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties to present the monarch with a cer­e­mo­nial gold coin called a mo­hur. They travel to Windsor Cas­tle, where Ab­dul catches Victoria’s eye and is rapidly pro­moted to the monarch’s spir­i­tual ad­viser or “Mun­shi”.

The Jungle Bunch (U)

A ma­ni­a­cal koala bear with delu­sions of grandeur threat­ens the safety of crea­tures great and small. Based on a French TV se­ries, David Alaux’s jaunty com­puter-animated ad­ven­ture fol­lows in the paw prints of a menagerie of brightly coloured tales pop­u­lated by an­thro­po­mor­phised crit­ters in­clud­ing Zootropo­lis, Sing and Kung Fu Panda. An­i­mal magic? Sadly not.

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