The Favourite

This film has an awesome feel right from the start.  It borrows a bit from a lot of films – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Heathers, maybe even a little Gladiator (from the political scenes, not the violence) – but it really is unlike any of those films.  While on the surface it is a period piece it is first and foremost a dark comedy.  The three leads are fantastic and the supporting actors are also fantastic.  About two thirds through the film I thought it had surpassed Cold War as the movie of the year.  The last third was good…. just not as good as the rest of the film.  The film gets darker towards the end and the final scene is a real departure from the rest of the movie.  After chewing on the final scene for a few days I think I did not realize who (and what) the film was really about.

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Movie title: The Favourite

Movie description: England, early 18th century. The close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite.

Date published: 2019-02-23

Director(s): Yorgos Lanthimos

Actor(s): Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, James Smith, Jenny Rainsford, Emma Delve, Faye Daveney, Paul Swaine, Jennifer White, Lilly-Rose Stevens, Denise Mack, Willem Dalby, Edward Aczel, Carolyn Saint-Pé, John Locke, Everal Walsh, Timothy Innes, Basil Eidenbenz, James Melville, Declan Wyer, Anthony Dougall, Ben English, Peter Brookes, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte, Gavin Henderson, Callum Lewin, Liam Fleming, Angela Hicks, Martin Pemberton

Genre: Drama, History, Comedy

My Review

This film has an awesome feel right from the start.  It borrows a bit from a lot of films – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Heathers, maybe even a little Gladiator (from the political scenes, not the violence) – but it really is unlike any of those films.  While on the surface it is a period piece it is first and foremost a dark comedy.  The three leads are fantastic and the supporting actors are also fantastic.  About two thirds through the film I thought it had surpassed Cold War as the movie of the year.  The last third was good…. just not as good as the rest of the film.  The film gets darker towards the end and the final scene is a real departure from the rest of the movie.  After chewing on the final scene for a few days I think I did not realize who (and what) the film was really about.

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