The Favourite is a period comedy-drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. It stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, and Mark Gatiss.
The Story/The Direction:
This film takes place in the early 18th century and shows the relationship between two cousins, Abigail (Stone) and Sarah (Weisz), and how they try to be the favorites of Queen Anne (Colman). Britain is fighting with France but yet Anne shows little interest in ruling the country. She would rather race ducks and play with her rabbits. Her version of Dick Cheney is her adviser/lover, Sarah. One day, Sarah's cousin, Abigail, comes to work for Anne so to attempt to regain her nobility and she is willing to do anything to do so.
Lanthimos does an excellent job once again directing this film and is able to take these real-life characters and make them more interesting. He may not have written the film like in his past work but he definitely had some influence. He is able to mix intrigue with a lot of double-crossing and even though it is a historic film, it feels very contemporary. There are a lot of one-liners that really show who these women are.
The trio of women in this film is the best part. Each has their own character and each actor plays them phenomenally. None of them falter with their roles. Anne is a woman who is clearly unfit to lead to the country but can act the part when she feels like it. Sarah is submissive when she needs to be but she is the one pulling all the strings when it comes to ruling the country. Abigail sees what she wants and she takes it. She does not let anything stand in her way.
The only flaw that can really be seen in this film is when the film is shot in a fish-eye lens. This can take you a little out of the film as it is supposed to be in the 1700s but this technique feels too modern.
If the fisheye lens was not used, this film would have been perfect. It has a great cast, fantastic directing, and the writing is top notch. Put all these aspects together and the audience will get a great film definitely worth checking out in theatres.
Rating: 4.5/5.0 bowties
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