The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★★

(Short Review)

"I like it when she puts her tongue inside me."

Yorgos Lanthimos is a filmmaker I’m really starting to appreciate more and more. I haven’t seen all of his films, I still need to see Dogtooth, Alps, Kinetta, and My Best Friend. I thought The Lobster was a charming film. Very funny with a dark undertone. I will continue to defend The Killing of a Sacred Deer as one of the best films of last year and my favorite films by A24 so far. Going into this, the only expectation I had was for it to be well directed and hopefully some good performances. I have to say, this film floored me. There wasn’t a second where I wasn’t invested in what was happening on screen.
Performances were all around excellent. Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz all gave award worthy performances. This is one of the best casts of the year. Also, shout out to Nicholas Hoult who gives, arguable, the best performance of his career. I’ve always saw him as a good actor, but this just shows that he has range. He can absolutely become a great actor given the right material and the right director.
The costumes and art direction were all incredibly detailed and fit perfectly for the time it’s taking place in. The music was so damn good. How it’s used in the film made the melody almost become a character in a way.
The cinematography as well…stellar. I love the fisheye lens. Honestly, it’s very inspiring and I’ve been thinking about using that for my next short (this was before I saw this film, so I think that confirms I’m destined to shoot it that way).

Here is a queen who’s got all this power, yet throughout the entire film she feels powerless when it comes to the two women in her life. I won’t do a long-analyzed review of this, that would require several watches, but there’s this social and political undertone to the film that really sticks.
Also, the ending is awesome. That final shot as it fades out reminds me why I love cinema. To have those types of moments. I didn’t understand it intentionally, but after doing some thinking I realize it’s pretty obvious (unless I’m wrong).
I can’t say everyone will enjoy this film the same way I did, it might be an acquired taste. That being said, I couldn’t get enough of it while watching. The more I’m thinking about it the more I’m really appreciating it. I’m excited to see what Yorgos does next.

10/10 (A+).

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