Victoria & Abdul (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A senile Queen at the last stage of her reign obsessed with an exotic servant.
2) As compared to Mrs Brown (1997), this chapter of Queen Victoria is much more significant and deserves a special mention in her reign.
3) A screenplay kept the movie amusing without any tedious subplot.
4) Judi Dench’s monologue.

 

CONS –
1) Abdul Karim’s character was reduced to a minor character in the second half. The climax is heavily exaggerated and highly fictionalized.

 

 

QUOTE –
Queen Victoria: I am 81 years of age. I’ve had nine children and 42 grandchildren, and have almost a billion citizens. I have rheumatism, a collapsed uterus, I’m morbidly obese and deaf in one ear. I have known 11 Prime Ministers and passed 2,347 pieces of legislation. I’ve been in the office for 62 years, 234 days. Thus, I am the longest-serving monarch in world history. I’m responsible for five households and a staff of over 3,000. I am cantankerous, boring, greedy, fat, ill-tempered, at times selfish and myopic, both metaphorically and literally. I am perhaps disagreeably attached to power and should not have smashed the Emperor of Russia’s egg. But I am anything but insane.

Apostle (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) A disillusioned preacher rescuing his sister kidnapped by a supernatural cult.A premise similar to The Wicker Man (1973) and a period similar to The Witch (2015).
2) Jeremy’s ritualistic death from his own POV. Some crazy body-horror sequences throughout the movie.

 

Cons –
1) More was expected from the director of the cult-action movie The Raid (2012).
2) 30 minutes too long for a story with little consequences and stock horror movie music.

 

 
Quote –
Andrea: What happened to you?
Thomas: My Faith. I once held fast a belief in the divine. Like you, I knelt before a deity. Armed with the book of Jesus Christ, Ied my parish into the heart of Peking. And we showed them the glory and love of God himself and then they showed us the Devil.