Victoria & Abdul

British filmmakers have long mined their nation’s history for subject matter, but with the UK’s exit from the European Union looming, we can expect even more period fare as England contemplates its future by revisiting its past. Already this year has brought Their Finest, A United Kingdom, Churchill, Dunkirk, and Viceroy’s House; now comes Victoria & Abdul, Stephen Frears’s take on the double dealings inside Queen Victoria’s retinue toward the end of her reign. As suggested by the opening title—”Based on real events . . . mostly”—this is a tongue-in-cheek comedy that plays fast and loose with history. Continue reading>>