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The Favourite (2018)

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In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

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Yorgos Lanthimos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Colman ... Queen Anne
Rachel Weisz ... Lady Sarah
Emma Delves Emma Delves ... Queen's Maid
Faye Daveney Faye Daveney ... Sarah's Maid
Emma Stone ... Abigail
Paul Swaine Paul Swaine ... Wanking Man
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Mrs Meg
LillyRose Stevens LillyRose 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 ... Madame Tournée
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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

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Biography | Drama

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

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This will be the second film that Rachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult star in together. The first was About a Boy (2002). See more »

Quotes

Queen Anne: [after her fall] They were all staring, weren't they? I can tell even if I can't see. And I heard the word fat! Fat and ugly!
Lady Sarah: Anne, no one but me would dare and I did not.
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Well-Shot, Unconventional but Flawed Period Piece
29 September 2018 | by bastille-852-731547See all my reviews

I'm somewhat of a fan of Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos, and was excited to see this new dark comedy from him set in period Britain. The film centers around the relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill, and how such relationship is affected when the cousin of the latter arrives seeking employment. The film offers an eclectic mix of dark comedy and great cinematography, but doesn't completely hold together, which was slightly disappointing.

Lanthimos' unique cinematography is outstanding throughout, as are many of his commendable aesthetic choices that help enrich the film's unique quality and tone. The acting is generally strong throughout, with the distinct nature of each performance among the three lead actresses enhancing the viewing experience. Unfortunately, however, the film's script has a number of concerns. The film's writing attempts to be witty and funny much of the time, but such lines of wit and humor do not always land. Some of the more raunchy moments are well-placed, but others just feel puerile or ridiculous. For a prestige film from an acclaimed auteur revered by many serious film buffs, the film can end up feeling quite lowbrow at times, which can alienate the viewer from some of the more serious commentary of the time period Lanthimos is depicting, particularly with regards to the issue of gender roles and the patriarchal nature of the society and culture. The total shifts can be quite jarring, even more so when one stops to consider that not all scenes played for comedic effect are particularly funny or even amusing at face or literal value. A majority of the film is paced properly and well, yet the third act can come off as anti-climactic. Ultimately, while I didn't dislike "The Favourite," I did expect a bit more from what some pundits have determined will likely be a top-tier Oscar contender this fall. 6/10


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