Victoria & Ab­dul

The Sunday Telegraph - - Arts -

Stephen Frears’s pe­riod comic drama, about the friend­ship be­tween the el­derly Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her young In­dian at­ten­dant (Ali Fazal) has its funny mo­ments, but it re­duces a tale ablaze with his­tor­i­cal im­port and con­tem­po­rary res­o­nance to com­mem­o­ra­tive bis­cuit tin pro­por­tions. Dench is ev­ery inch the im­pe­ri­ous de­light you’d sup­pose, but the film short-changes and de­fangs her char­ac­ter. Rob­bie Collin PG cert, 112 min

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