Viceroy’s House - 4 Stars
Well timed and inspired historical picture captures your heart and mind.
The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.
Gillian Anderson is the stand-out in this film, her performance is flawless. Hugh Bonneville is also exceptional. To me this feels like a TV film, the way it’s shot, the actors and even the melodramatic style all lends itself to TV. However, it is still a very good film, the messages about dictatorship, religious separation and immigration are all relevant today. Also the love story between two characters provides a more human side of the story.
Overall this is a fascinating film, filled with powerful messages.
Viceroy’s House screens in the Young at Heart Film Festival and has a wide release later in the year.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Picture This!