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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.
Anderson's performance is a meticulous assemblage of gestures and intonations -- stiff-necked posture together with an aristocratic drawl -- which sit oddly but believably with Edwina's liberal disposition and sharp instinct for game-playing.
"Viceroy's House" clumsily merges a waxworks biographical study of Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten ... with a passionless Romeo-and-Juliet romance between two of their servants caught in the fray.