Wow. Not a warm fuzzy for the cold, calculating, passing the buck, conquer, rule then flee, British. I enjoy these kinds of films because I am unfamiliar with what happened. I understand it’s not a documentary, but Pakistan’s formation was very difficult and this story was told by someone with family involved. Important and somber showing the division by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking.
I’m not buying the love story part though.
Interesting true story. Later in life Mountbatten was blown up on his yacht by the Irish terrorists.
Enjoyed watching this movie, drags on at some parts, Gillian Anderson does a wonderful trun as Edwina Mountbatten, characters of the staff could be better developed, it was more their stories then about the Mountbattens.
Moving, powerful movie.
I have watched many movies and read some history of the partition of India. It is a tragic history, and they could not agree to live together in peace, but to divide the country. Now there is India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as Pakistan divided in a civil war. This movie was too short to show a lot of the chaos, and brutal riots. This movie has good acting, and beautifully filmed.
The story of another time Great Briton destroyed a civilization (Hey at least is is not one the USA has to take the blame for!) and made a strong attempt at ethnic genocide. If you want a "fun" history like Downtown Abby or Call the Midwife, this is not for you. If you want to understand why GB nearly destroyed India by created Pakistan while knowing it was the worst possible choice for the people there, (But good for rich British people) then this is a wonderful look at government and aristocracy run amok.
Excellent acting; "natives" pictured are real people not snicker-worthy stereotypes; well written; historically accurate; but still somehow very entertaining.
We had hoped to like this movie, but it has been done so much better. Thumbs way down.
I wanted to like this film because I am a fan of Hugh Bonneville from "Downton Abbey". This movie has the same flaw that ruined James Cameron's "Titanic". There is not enough pathos and drama happening in the real stories of the sinking of the Titanic and the independence of India and Pakistan, so we have to invent a stupid love story to appeal to the masses. We waste time on the boy and girl and the earth shaking events almost become a side story. In addition at one point I decided I was watching a Bollywood film with the inclusion of a dancing party to honor an engagement. Really???? Is there not enough political history, racial injustice, murder, and mayhem happening in India and the negotiations for independence to create an interesting story????? I just watched the 1987 film "The Last Viceroy" with Nicole Williamson which tells the history of India's independence after 300 years of British rule without the unnecessary, stupid fluff. Then suddenly according to this version, Churchill preordained the partition of India in 1945. By 1947 Churchill had not been prime minister for 2 years. I was so surprised by this disclosure that I did research and as far as I can tell the accusation, based upon a book written by a native Indian, is false. If you want to see a serious and engaging account of the independence of India choose a documentary or watch the 1987 film. Skip this sophomoric farce. Kristi & Abby Tabby
I watched Viceroy's House at the ByTowne Cinema. Overall, it was well done. There are some great indoor scenes that reinforce how large the staff was at the House. The film's biggest downfall is its portrayal its characters as either purely good or purely bad. There were also some storylines that weren't very believable.
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