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The Favourite

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Yorgos Lanthimos
  • 114 mins
  • 15

Summary

Historical black comedy starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. In 1711, a depressed and sickly Queen Anne has privately ceded most of her political decision-making to her lover, Lady Sarah Churchill. Lady Sarah's penniless cousin Abigail arrives at court and is quickly promoted from scullery maid to Lady of the Bedchamber. So begins an increasingly deranged battle of wills as the two cousins vie for the Queen's affections.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

The capriciousness of court and the perils of falling from favour are explored in this superb tragicomic take on the reign of Queen Anne from Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster). Those that flank the ailing and erratic queen (Olivia Colman) are a dastardly bunch, including her companion Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), an astute political puppeteer in her own right. Although the war with France has been won, there is appetite to hammer the point home, with landowners set to foot the bill. The arrival of Sarah's cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) causes further strife, with the fallen aristocrat becoming a rival for the queen's affection. Expletives fly, bodices are ripped and plans hatched, while deceptions cut deep. The antagonistic interplay is divine, imbued with authentic emotion by a formidable triumvirate: Stone is marvellously cunning and Weisz gloriously fearsome, yet it's Colman who stands out as she showcases her many shades. A pioneer of the "weird wave" of Greek cinema, Lanthimos brings his outsider's eye to the costume drama in a film that loosens its corsets considerably.

Credits

Cast

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Queen AnneOlivia Colman
AbigailEmma Stone
Lady SarahRachel Weisz
Robert HarleyNicholas Hoult
MashamJoe Alwyn
Lord MarlboroughMark Gatiss
GodolphinJames Smith
MaeJenny Rainsford

Crew

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DirectorYorgos Lanthimos

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2019-01-01
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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