ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – V – Viceroy’s House (2017)

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Writer: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Moira Buffini (Screenplay) Narendra Singh Sarila (Book)

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Michael Gambon, Om Puri, David Hayman


Plot: 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.

Tagline – The end of an empire. The birth of two nations.

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Nice History Lesson


Story: Viceroy’s House starts as Lord Mountbatten (Bonneville) is taking his place as the last Viceroy of India, to help see oversea the independence of India, his wife Lady Edwina wants to help with change by making the house open to Indian’s something the residents have never seen before.

We also meet young Indian Jeet Kumar (Dayal) who gets hired to the staff that has a past with Aalia Noor (Qureshi) who have their own feelings to battle against tradition. As Lord Mountbatten tries to bring the leaders of Indian together, we only see how the country becomes more divided over their independence and how he tries to do the best he can to stop the bloodshed.


Thoughts on Viceroy’s House


Characters – Lord Mountbatten was the British choice to take over the Viceroy house during the final days of the British Empire’s control of India, he wants a peaceful transition only to learn the divide in the people wants their own country Pakistan. He must show the leadership skills to create the peace needed for this nation after the years that British ruling. Lady Mountbatten opens up the house to more Indian families, she wants to create an equal environment for the people, she will rid the house of anyone that shows discrimination in a hope for an equal future. Jeet Kumar is a young man that gets a job in the Viceroy House under Lord Mountbatten he wants to see the peace unfold, but his heart is take by a former friend Aalia.

PerformancesHugh Bonneville is great in this leading role, he brings us the class the character requires while also giving us the human side needed. Gillian Anderson is good even if her accent does come off overly posh at times. Manish Dayal as the young Indian is strong too with Huma Qureshi going well in the side story which is about love through the difficult times.

StoryThe story here follows the time in history when Britain gave up the power of India and the chaos this caused between the Indian’s and their different religious beliefs. It showed us how Britain once again looked down on a nation for being different and had to learn just how important equality within all nations should be. It also shows us the different between the people with different religious beliefs which could be against each other so easily, a problem we still see today. There is a love story put into this film which doesn’t feel the most important to everything going on.

Biopic/HistoryThis is an important look at a historical moment in human history, one that changed India forever and showed the British at their best and worst.

SettingsThe film takes us to India where we believe we are at the same time and place as this movie’s events, nothing feels or looks out of place.

Scene of the Movie –
Lady Mountbatten putting an English helper in her place, back on a boat.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The love story does feel like something we didn’t need.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful look at the history of the British Empire and India, we see the struggle the country went through during the time of change, one larger than ever seen, for the history fans out there, this will be one for you to see.


Overall: History fans will enjoy this movie.





Wolf (1994)

logoDirector: Mike Nichols

Writer: Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Kate Nelligan, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer, Eileen Atkins, Om Puri, David Hyde Pierce


Plot: Will Randall (Nicholson) a senior publisher who is being pushed out of the company and replaced by a new young hungry Stewart Swinton (Spader). One night he gets bitten by a wolf and over time he starts to notice improvement in his sense. Will slowly turning into a werewolf must fight to keep his job.


Verdict: A serious werewolf film

Story: Blending the world of business with the dissention into the unknown this time turning into a werewolf together works to make a very interesting story. On the business side we get to see how cut throat certain parts of it are, while the werewolf side we get to see how it starts slowly with not knowing what happened until it turns into something very serious. (8/10)


Actor Review: Jack Nicholson – Will the senior publisher who gets bitten by a wolf. Jack does a great job here doing what he does best playing a role were he thinks he knows what is going on but something changes everything and leaves him questioning his own sanity. (9/10)


Actor Review: Michele Pfeiffer – Laura daughter of Will’s boss and love interest also tries to help Will with proving his sanity. Michelle does a good job in the role and with her devilish twist at the end completes her characters. (8/10)


Actor Review: James Spader – Stewart the young ambition publisher who takes Will’s job, before he starts to fight back for it. Good performance in what is a very genetic role. (7/10)


Director Review: Mike Nichols – With a string of hits to his names he shows how good a director he is here with one of the best werewolf films I have seen. (9/10)


Horror: It isn’t the scariest horror film that you will see. (7/10)

Romance: The romance feels a bit forced throughout but the end makes sense of it. (7/10)

Special Effects: Simple but good effects in the wolf creations. (8/10)

Believability: The business world side is believable while the wolf side is not. (2/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Settings: New York being the prime setting makes a good take on the werewolf story but being a much more serious version of American Werewolf In London. (9/10)

Suggestion: Werewolf films are few and far between and a good one is even rarer. This is a good one so you werewolf fans out there make sure you have seen this one. The story is actually a good drama that doesn’t offer any scares so the human aspect of the change is well worth a watch to. If you don’t have an interest in werewolf genre you won’t like this. (Try It)


Best Part: Werewolf fight at the end.

Worst Part: it may be considered slow for the now generation of horror.

Action Scene Of The Film: Werewolf fight

Kill Of The Film: Street thugs.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No need to have one.

Similar Too: American Werewolf In London


Overall: A good werewolf film that is the first I have seen that is purely about the serious side of the outcome.

Rating 76