7.5/10
161,006
1,197 user 435 critic

The Favourite (2018)

Trailer
1:48 | Trailer
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Director:

Yorgos Lanthimos
Popularity
534 ( 73)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 183 wins & 329 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Colman ... Queen Anne
Rachel Weisz ... Lady Sarah
Emma Delves Emma Delves ... Queen's Maid
Faye Daveney ... Sarah's Maid
Emma Stone ... Abigail
Paul Swaine Paul Swaine ... Wanking Man
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Mrs Meg
Lilly-Rose Stevens Lilly-Rose Stevens ... Sally
Denise Mack Denise Mack ... Kitchen Servant
James Smith ... Godolphin
Mark Gatiss ... Lord Marlborough
Horatio Horatio ... Fastest Duck in the City
Willem Dalby ... Central Tory Booker
Edward Aczel Edward Aczel ... Earl of Stratford
Carolyn Saint-Pé Carolyn Saint-Pé ... Madam Tournee
Learn more

More Like This 

Roma (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
The Lobster (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden
Vice I (2018)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Barry G. Bernson, Herb Caillouet, Bill Camp
First Man (2018)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In 1980s Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mary Stuart's (Saoirse Ronan's) attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
Edit

Storyline

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma 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 fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to makeup designer Nadia Stacey, Nicholas Hoult named all of his wigs. His main wig was Barbara (or, more frequently, Babs). The orange wig he wears when he watches courtiers throwing pomegranates at a nude Tory is Lulu. Another was named Hattie. Hoult also became very attuned to how Harley might wear beauty spots, depending on the situation or the message his character was trying to convey. "Nick and I would sit every day and look at the scene and say, 'We should do it here now because you're going to see the Queen,'" said Stacey. "We really played with that." See more »

Goofs

The phrase "prime minister" was first used to describe George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592-1628), "favourite" of James I and Charles I. It did not mean what the modern office of Prime Minister has come to mean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Queen Anne: How was my speech?
Lady Sarah: You were brilliant.
Queen Anne: Did I lisp?
Lady Sarah: You don't lisp.
Queen Anne: I know. That was what was so troubling about it. The thought that I suddenly did.
See more »

Crazy Credits

"Fastest Duck in the City : Horatio" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cheermonger: True Facts: Movies Pass (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Whereami
Written by Johnnie Burn
Courtesy of Sixty Four Music
See more »

User Reviews

 
Zurich Film Festival #1
28 September 2018 | by steftrottmannSee all my reviews

I was able to see this movie about 4 months before its theatrical release in Switzerland at the first day of the Zurich Film Festival 2018.

For preparation of yesterdays screening I recently watched two of Yorgos Lanthimos' previous films: "The Lobster" and "The Killing Of A Sacred Deer". Both movies are very special in their own way so I didn't expect from "The Favourite" to be a normal 18th-whatever-century movie. Usually I'm not a big fan of historical/costume movies like this.

But what about "The Favourite"?

I have to admit that I was unaware of my feelings for the movie shortly after the end. Yeah it was "good", but was there more than that? A day later I'm still not 100% sure because I still think about it but I noticed that hour after hour I like this movie more. The story is really great and there are a lot of wicked but also hilarious scenes.

The three main actresses are definitely the highlight of the movie: Rachel Weisz is amazing and of course, Olivia Colman is outstanding. I wouldn't complain if she gets nominated for an Oscar next year, but can we talk about Emma Stone? Yes, I'm a fan, but I really think her performance is the best in the whole movie, maybe it's because she also plays the most interesting character.

I definitely have to see "The Favourite" again when it comes to the cinema sometime in January 2019 to make my final verdict. Until then I give 8 out of 10 and hopefully more next time.


119 of 225 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 1,197 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site | See more »

Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Favourite See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$422,410, 25 November 2018

Gross USA:

$34,366,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,918,706
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed