The Favourite

The Favourite

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The Favourite

Two cousins (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) jockey for influence and power during the reign of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman, who scored an Oscar and Golden Globe for her performance) in this political comedy-drama from the Oscar-nominated director of The Lobster.

"Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail (Stone), arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way." (Venice Film Festival)

Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Golden Globes 2019 & Academy Awards 2019
2018Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language120 minsIreland, UK, USA
ComedyDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistoricalFestival & Independent
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

It’s a perfectly cut diamond of a movie — a finely executed, coldly entertaining entry in the genre of savage misanthropic baroque costume drama.

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

The Favourite is a pleasure to watch. It's weird without being alienating, dirty without being cheap. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a better acting trio this fall.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

This is a skewer-sharp and scabrously funny film, stuffed with quotable deadpan exchanges, often punctuated by that now-trademark Lanthimos camera manoeuvre...

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is a scabrous and often hilarious film, made loopier by the nightmarish visions and wide-angle distortions contrived by the cinematographer Robbie Ryan.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

This proudly literate and happily bawdy film is being picked as a dark horse in the Oscar race already.

5.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The absurdist dark humour won't appeal to everyone — depending on your level of cynicism, you'll either witness a masterful work of profundity or an overcooked piece of silliness. I loved it.

4.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

[Yorgos Lanthimos'] idiosyncratic style is an acquired taste that's starting to go stale, and as such this is one of those films that works like a charm in the moment but whose spell quickly wears off.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Fabulously entertaining...

0
BBC

BBC

press

Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite is a filthy, violent and outrageous period comedy that drips with bad language and worse behaviour, and will appal anyone who is expecting a more conventional royal drama.

5.0
0

A period drama slightly off-beat but in fact more intriguing than the conventional kind. The triumvirate of Colman, Weisz and Stone has such good dynamic that you'd be absorbed from start to finish.

4.0
0

.... are outstanding. I'm sure others will talk about the excellence of the performances etc, but I'd like to single out the work of the costume designer; they really brought the period to life. Who can forget the shooting scene. What wonderful outfits!

5.0
0

A superb cast cannot save this turgid joyless royal romp. While Olivia, Rachel and Emma do their predictable best, and the script has moments of witty banter, overall his story is as diseased as sad sorry Queen Anne herself. While the odd comic scene provides light relief, the story is increasingly grim and the ending brings no relief. The director...

2.0
0

Queen Anne has a close adviser, but a closer adviser is around the corner. Not sure how historically accurate the film is, but it captured my attention!

4.0
0

Reminiscent of Greenaway's 'The Draughtsman's Contract' and WinterBottom's 'Tristram Shandy' once more we are thrown into the absurdities of wigs, idiots and the absurdities of life when the Royals were all powerful but at the mercy of the ruthless and quick witted. Here is the story of a Queen, played deftly by the superior Olivia Coleman, who is sinking...

3.0
0

So, another historical drama from Yorgos Lanthimos. Much more energy than his other work, propelled along by the angry tension between its leads. Takes a different direction from other period dramas, reducing its world to, essentially, the royal household. As such, more similar to a romantic drama such as Shakespeare in Love than the grand...

4.0
0

An intriguing period piece about the sexual politics and power dynamics surrounding the Queen of England and those seeking her favour in the 18th Century. The story is made all the more interesting by a biting, dark comedic streak that runs throughout, while the film itself benefits from featuring lavish sets and costumes, superb photography, and...

4.0
0

Found this film surprising and darkly funny. Loved the costumes and the excellent characters. Don't take Nana unless she's pretty open minded.

4.0
0

Darkly hilarious and absurd, The Favourite manages to be a welcome entry into the resumé of Yorgos Lanthimos' and is one of 2018's best!

5.0
0

I was happily entertained by the skilful acting of the characters and yes unusual but very enjoyable. I came to the event to be entertained and this movie does that with the light touch of humour and yes a little dark but not predictable which has all the elements I look for. Well done and thanks for the opportunity to view.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

It’s a perfectly cut diamond of a movie — a finely executed, coldly entertaining entry in the genre of savage misanthropic baroque costume drama.

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

The Favourite is a pleasure to watch. It's weird without being alienating, dirty without being cheap. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a better acting trio this fall.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

This is a skewer-sharp and scabrously funny film, stuffed with quotable deadpan exchanges, often punctuated by that now-trademark Lanthimos camera manoeuvre...

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is a scabrous and often hilarious film, made loopier by the nightmarish visions and wide-angle distortions contrived by the cinematographer Robbie Ryan.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

This proudly literate and happily bawdy film is being picked as a dark horse in the Oscar race already.

5.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The absurdist dark humour won't appeal to everyone — depending on your level of cynicism, you'll either witness a masterful work of profundity or an overcooked piece of silliness. I loved it.

4.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

[Yorgos Lanthimos'] idiosyncratic style is an acquired taste that's starting to go stale, and as such this is one of those films that works like a charm in the moment but whose spell quickly wears off.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Fabulously entertaining...

0
BBC

BBC

press

Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite is a filthy, violent and outrageous period comedy that drips with bad language and worse behaviour, and will appal anyone who is expecting a more conventional royal drama.

5.0
0

A period drama slightly off-beat but in fact more intriguing than the conventional kind. The triumvirate of Colman, Weisz and Stone has such good dynamic that you'd be absorbed from start to finish.

4.0
0

.... are outstanding. I'm sure others will talk about the excellence of the performances etc, but I'd like to single out the work of the costume designer; they really brought the period to life. Who can forget the shooting scene. What wonderful outfits!

5.0
0

A superb cast cannot save this turgid joyless royal romp. While Olivia, Rachel and Emma do their predictable best, and the script has moments of witty banter, overall his story is as diseased as sad sorry Queen Anne herself. While the odd comic scene provides light relief, the story is increasingly grim and the ending brings no relief. The director...

2.0
0

Queen Anne has a close adviser, but a closer adviser is around the corner. Not sure how historically accurate the film is, but it captured my attention!

4.0
0

Reminiscent of Greenaway's 'The Draughtsman's Contract' and WinterBottom's 'Tristram Shandy' once more we are thrown into the absurdities of wigs, idiots and the absurdities of life when the Royals were all powerful but at the mercy of the ruthless and quick witted. Here is the story of a Queen, played deftly by the superior Olivia Coleman, who is sinking...

3.0
0

So, another historical drama from Yorgos Lanthimos. Much more energy than his other work, propelled along by the angry tension between its leads. Takes a different direction from other period dramas, reducing its world to, essentially, the royal household. As such, more similar to a romantic drama such as Shakespeare in Love than the grand...

4.0
0

An intriguing period piece about the sexual politics and power dynamics surrounding the Queen of England and those seeking her favour in the 18th Century. The story is made all the more interesting by a biting, dark comedic streak that runs throughout, while the film itself benefits from featuring lavish sets and costumes, superb photography, and...

4.0
0

Found this film surprising and darkly funny. Loved the costumes and the excellent characters. Don't take Nana unless she's pretty open minded.

4.0
0

Darkly hilarious and absurd, The Favourite manages to be a welcome entry into the resumé of Yorgos Lanthimos' and is one of 2018's best!

5.0
0

I was happily entertained by the skilful acting of the characters and yes unusual but very enjoyable. I came to the event to be entertained and this movie does that with the light touch of humour and yes a little dark but not predictable which has all the elements I look for. Well done and thanks for the opportunity to view.

4.0
0