“Dench owns this from the minute she appears on screen”
Stephen Frears’ latest film tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. Academy Award winner Judi Dench (Philomena, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) once more inhabits the role of the indomitable nineteenth century monarch, a character she first played in John Madden’s 1997 film, Mrs Brown.
A young clerk travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee where he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely bond that causes consternation in the royal household and which the Queen’s inner circle attempts to suppress. Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Paul Higgins, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard and Olivia Williams feature in a uniformly excellent supporting cast.
“An elegant yet sprightly romp…worth seeing for Dench’s magisterial performance and for Frears’s light but sure directorial touch” The Atlantic