Fifth about The Seventh

Victoria and Abdul

Victoria and Abdul: the tone of Stephen Frears’ film is lighthearted, not fully appropriate for a story that is reasonably interesting and carries many considerations that are still relevant. However, for the most part the relationship is not convincing, and as such the rest of the film crumbles; the farcical nature of the antagonists doesn’t help. Ali Fazal’s performance is dignified and appealing, but the film belongs to Judi Dench, playing a sort of role that she fully dominates, mixing grumpiness and vulnerability while still projecting power; the rest of the performances lean towards the light-handed comical, and are all fine. The film looks typically good, with director of photgraphy Danny Cohen capturing well the beautiful locations, but also a bit run-of-the-mill; Consolata Boyle’s costume design is the highlight.

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