Victoria & Abdul
First screened in October 2017
Director: Stephen Frears. Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith, Paul Higgins, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Ruth McCabe, Julian Wadham, Robin Soans, Sukh Ojla, Sally Jokhan, Kemaal Deen-Ellis, Simon Callow. Screenplay: Lee Hall (based on the book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu). Twitter Capsule:
I expected pandering pap but this is weirder. Itchy about its hero, its tone, and its story. Patchily assembled.
Every time it gets close to something interesting (Victoria's eros, Ali's duplicity) it retreats into false tones and revised histories. Shoddy.