With a free ticket to the local cinema about to expire, I found the only currently showing title of any interest to me was VICTORIA & ABDUL. I knew nothing about the movie other than the adds and my enjoyment of the TV series Victoria. I am so thankful I chose this movie.
The story is so beautifully crafted, the script played my emotions like a symphony through many waves of laughter, anger and tears. I was not alone with my tears as it seemed everyone in the cinema was moved by this gem of a movie … except for the old fool near me who was snoring during the most important part of the dialogue and his wife’s phone rang then as well … some people just have no dignity or consideration!
Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal were mesmerising. Stephen Frears’ direction is faultless. The other cast were amazing and included the final performance by the now late Tim Pigott-Smith who I first saw in the 1976 Doctor Who episodes The Masque Of Mandragora.
I loved this movie and I loved how it moved me.
10 Champagnes out of 10!
VICTORIA & ABDUL
VICTORIA: Series ONE & TWO
DOCTOR WHO: MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA