The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★

Most of Yorgos Lanthimos' zaniest sensibilities lend themselves perfectly to this decadent costume drama. It does, however, seem a bit punishing that Sandy Powell's sumptuous costumes aren't given their due when shot through a fisheye lens. The female leads balance each other nicely. Nicholas Hoult sticks out like a sore thumb since he feels like he's doing Dangerous Liaisons in summer stock. Considering how well-structured this seems, to a certain point anyway, the finale sure fizzles out.

74/100

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