Beauty spots, errant bunnies, fish-eye lenses, fresh pineapples, eye gouging, sapphic bartering, lobster racing. The Favourite isn’t your typical period drama. Then again, a new release from Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) is never going to be your typical anything. It’s the early 18th century and England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) relies on her close ally Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to govern the country. Their friendship is marked by warm affection and volcanic arguments, trading scabrous insults one moment and feeding each other carrot cake the next. When new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charming demeanour starts a nasty rivalry to secure the queen’s favour in this sublime Restoration romp.
Why You Should See This Film
Hold on to your breeches. It’s undoubtedly the most profane period film in recent memory. With glorious deadpan humour and mouth-watering set design, The Favourite represents a further refinement of Lanthimos’ directorial gifts. Never has his penchant for petty cruelties and everyday absurdity been so sumptuously realised, assisted by an awards-worthy central performance from Colman. We strongly recommend that you rush to take a bite out of this film before it bares its teeth in your direction.
- Year: 2018
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
- Cast: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone
- Duration: 119 minutes
- Language: English