The Favourite Review
Twentieth Century Fox
What’s It About?
Set during the court of Queen Anne, Lady Sarah Churchill uses her influence over the unconfident queen to gain power and fund her husband’s warmongering in France. But when Sarah’s cousin arrives at Court and worms her way into Queen Anne’s affections, a vicious power struggle begins.
Who’s In It?
Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Lobster, & more recently My Cousin Rachel)
Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur, The Lobster, & more recently The Night Manager)
Emma Stone (Easy A, Birdman, & more recently La La Land)
Other notables include:
Nicholas Hoult (About A Boy, X-Men: First Class, & more recently Mad Max: Fury Road)
Mark Gatiss (The League Of Gentlemen, Sherlock, & Game Of Thrones)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster, & more recently The Killing Of A Sacred Deer)
With his previous films, Yorgos Lanthimos has certainly garnered quite the reputation with striking, quirky and thoroughly gripping films whether it be Dogtooth, The Lobster or The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. His only problem thus far has been real commercial success, but that may well change with his latest and most accessible film, The Favourite.
With three remarkable leads, at the height of their powers, delivering absolutely scintillating performances from a wickedly dark script, Lanthimos has finally hit the jackpot.
Set during the court of Queen Anne, Olivia Colman brilliant plays the insecure, lonely and volatile monarch, who relies heavily on Sarah Churchill for emotional support, and physical stimulation. Churchill, played by a wonderful Rachel Weiss, is quite happy to be the shoulder to cry on, as the trade off is a taste of real power and the opportunity to push funds the way of her husband, the Duke Of Marlborough, for his endless wars against the French. But then her cousin, Abigail Matham, arrives at court to upset the applecart. Initially all wide eyed innocence, she is a quick study, and soon weasels her way into the Queen’s affections, and bedchamber.
What follows is a vicious power struggle between Churchill and Matham, in a thoroughly entertaining and dark tale of subterfuge and powerplays.
Olivia Colman is without doubt going to be in the running for all the awards this season with her at times vulnerable and equally vicious portrayal of Queen Anne, while both Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone give fabulous turns as their characters duke it out to win the Queen’s favour.
Despite the sumptuous costumes and period settings, this is anything but a buttoned up period drama, but oh so compelling.
In A Nutshell:
A dark and twisted tale of subterfuge and powerplays with three equally remarkable and breathtaking lead performances.
The three remarkable lead performances, which make you root for all of them
The sumptuous look and anarchic feel of the film