This film is beautifully shot by Director Stephen Frears. He captures the expanses of the castle, the privates rooms of the castle, the countryside and the bustle of India. Writer Lee Hall adapted the story based on the novel of the same name by Shrabani Basu.
Eddie Izzard plays Bertie, the prince and a absolute jerk. The way Bertie along with the men on staff treated Abdul was so evil and rooted in jealousy. Dame Judi Dench is commanding as Queen Victoria with humor to match. Ali Fazal delivers a breathtaking performance as Abdul. The dynamic between Victoria & Abdul is caring, genuine and borders romantic. Judi and Ali share their scenes wonderfully together.
The film is a bit slow. Then, it goes from one scene to the next quickly. If you’re not paying attention, you can definitely miss important parts and look up and say “what the heck is happening?”. Still, it is entertaining in parts and a insightful look at history as she feeds her intrigue of India through language, food and culture.