The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★½

Review In A Nutshell:

Piercingly vicious and surging with wit. This period piece by Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite, demonstrates the filmmaker back at his old tricks with a new backdrop, and honestly, the results are visually stunning. Though the acting acts as the primary driver that slides the film along, it is in the details and design that encompasses these characters, and the manner they are captured, that left me at awe. It takes on the beautiful essence that composes films like Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and James Ivory’s Howards End and turns it on it’s head by skewing it’s approach to dark satire that feels very much related to the elements that create a Yorgos film. While yet, the film achieves this without ever sacrificing the development of his characters, somehow managing to tease and lean towards the absurd while keeping their integrity as characters worthy of personal investment; by it’s end, despite all the hilarity that it projects, sorrow and aching defeat is still felt from the faces of it’s collective trio. Undoubtedly, this film may not reach the ambitious reaches of the director’s The Lobster or the suffocating grapple of Sacred Deer, but it certainly possesses it’s own set of merits, making it a trifecta of hits for the filmmaker.

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