Mrs. Brown is based on the true story of the friendship between widowed English Queen Victoria and her personal servant, John Brown, a Scotsman. The death of Queen Victoria's husband Albert resulted in her deep mourning and depression for two years, until Mr. Brown was hired. Initially, he was given the responsibility of taking care of the Queen and her horse riding, but the responsibility soon increased into Brown overseeing everything to do with the Queen's personal affairs.
The comments on the DVD cover lead us to believe that the relationship between the two transitioned into a quiet love affair. However, not even this movie portrayed that belief, and historical records certainly don't support this assumption. Brown took great care of the Queen, and took his responsibility very seriously. He had the wisdom to know how to bring her out of the depression and back into life. Victoria's true love was Prince Albert. John Brown and Victoria had a deep friendship. Her family, staff and many in the government were against their relationship. Perhaps it was because he was an outspoken, passionate (about life) Scot who threatened their idea of what it meant to be royalty.
Some have viewed this movie to be boring, slow and dull. Actually, this movie revealed how slow, boring and dull royal life really was, with protocol idolized above all else and emotion was held in check. How exciting would life be in that situation with the Queen demanding that the whole household accompany her in mourning and black dress for two years? The interpretation of English royal life in this movie was perfectly given and wonderfully acted. If there had been more truth and less fiction in the story line, I would have given this 5 stars. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys learning about British history, with a follow-up on the internet with more of the facts.