This is an interesting story of the Queen Victoria's controversial relationship with her servant. It's well done and it can be enjoyed even if the story is warped a bit to fit the actors. Judi Dench plays the Queen excellently and Billy Connolly is very entertaining, but the timeline is a little off. Although Queen Victoria kept detailed journals for most of her life, they were heavily censored by her daughter after her death. This is what the Queen had asked her to do. In addition, her family tried to erase as much of John Brown as they could. His letters and journals were destroyed. He did mean a lot to her and this film tells that story well. However, the film gives the distinct impression that the Queen was a mid-sixties lonely grieving widow. The real story is that the relationship started in her 40's with Brown in his thirties. Granted, she stayed in deep mourning and dressed like an old woman after Prince Albert died, but this film seems to compress their twenty year relationship into a a short span set in their later years.