Viceroy's House

Viceroy's House

DVD - 2017
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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.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : IFC Films, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Dec 16, 2017

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

Oct 27, 2017

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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