The Favourite

Review: The Favourite

19 Dec 18

It's history, Jim, but not as we know it.

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 spectacle of, say, Kenneth Branagh's Henry V. This story is not so much Pride and Prejudice as Anna Karenina: -
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
The director mostly takes a back seat for this work, except for a few self-indulgent landscape shots through fish-eye lenses towards the end of the film. In sum, a welcome relief from plodding melodramas starring Colin Farrell, and a jump to a sort of all-female Blackadder.