Mrs Brown (1997)

PG   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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When Queen Victoria's husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

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  • Billy Connolly in Mrs Brown (1997)
  • Judi Dench in Mrs Brown (1997)
  • Gerard Butler in Mrs Brown (1997)
  • Judi Dench and Billy Connolly in Mrs Brown (1997)
  • Billy Connolly in Mrs Brown (1997)
  • Judi Dench in Mrs Brown (1997)

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22 September 1999 | MickeyTo
A peek inside the private life of Queen Victoria
It may be an unwritten rule, but it is clearly understood in upper crust societies that sadness is stoic, while happiness is petty. Mrs. Brown peers into the private life of one of history's most fascinating people, at her most private of times. Following the death of her husband, Queen Victoria goes into a long period of mourning, taking her empire with her. Struggling to hang onto her dearly departed she latches onto his favorite employee, a stable master.

Under the stern eye of her advisors and children, Victoria forms a friendship with the man that transcends anything considered respectable.

Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria to perfection. Even in her most tender moments, she never loses her dignity, nor her presence. Billy Connelly is John Brown, her loyal and trustworthy friend, servant and companion.

The film is beautifully shot, capturing the bleakness that would have been Queen Victoria's life at that time. The writing is first rate, blending a small story with epic events, and detailing the picture with occasional glimpses into the day to day life of the time.

Most impressive about this movie is that it resists the temptation to grasp on to Hollywood cliches. John Brown snubs his nose at the establishment, however he knows his limits. Victoria lets loose, but never at the cost of her station.

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