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Review: Viceroy’s House

It’s been 70 years since the British left India and split it in two while they were at it. Viceroy’s House is a very BBC telling of those last weeks, as Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey) and his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson, X-Files) arrive in New Delhi to oversee the handover. Religious violence is rocking the country and the Muslim minority is pushing for their own country. It’s no surprise how that turns out, but the personal story of a Muslim woman Aalia (Huma Qureshi) and her Hindu suitor Jeet (Manish Dayal, The Hundred-Foot Journey) gives the film some context around the problems inherent in that split. It’s a very political world vs real people story.

Johnny English Reborn

I didn’t see the first Johnny English movie in 2003, so I have no basis for comparison. But I think I can safely say if you liked that one, you’ll probably like the sequel as well. It is, what I like to call, harmlessly stupid entertainment. As you can probably tell from the movie poster, the Johnny English “franchise” is a spoof on the spy genre (especially the iconic James Bond films) so it’s laden with gadgets, gals and gallantry – all gone shamelessly awry.