Sunday, October 1, 2017

Victoria & Abdul Review - 2½ Stars

Judy Dench plays Queen Victoria for laughs in "Victoria & Abdul." She takes a shine to a young Indian clerk, sent to the royal household to participate in jubilee ceremonies. The visitor, played by Ali Fazal, delights the Queen with stories of his homeland, and gains enough favor to stay as her manservant. The more Victoria favors Abdul, the more household tongues wag. Don't look for much in "Victoria & Abdul" beyond a few tasteful laughs. Sometimes that's enough, even if this story could have made a statement or two on inequality and colonialism. "Victoria & Abdul," 2½ stars, rated PG-13. Does it deliver what it promises? Royal fun and games. Is it entertaining? Just for laughs. Is it worth the price of admission? An easy time.