joel’s review published on Letterboxd:
Speechless does not describe my current state enough. The cinematography blazes through the projector screen with its vibrant oranges from all the candlelight and the otherworldly production set. Completely ravishing your eyes with absolute wildfire visuals. Paired with intoxicating and mysterious sounds that are so distinctly Yorgos. It’s totally a tragedy when the screen fades to black and the title card rolls down. Fully invested in the royal but not so royal drama surrounding Abigail, Lady Sarah and Queen Anne I could’ve watched their bizarre relationships flourish for countless hours. This is one of the funniest and most genius comedies I’ve laid my eyes upon. No detail is less than absolutely perfected. To the tiniest little characterizations, Yorgos leaves a big fat lovely footprint all over the finished product. And what a genuine pleasure it is to watch Olivia, Rachel and Emma together. They floor me with their talent and their chemistry is so obvious and joyful.
This is probably the most accessible Yorgos film to date and I must say it is rather refreshing not having to question my entire existence once the credits roll. But as with any Yorgos film the ending always makes for a great discussion and I love that this shows his flexibility to create masterpieces of easier to swallow caliber. Needless to say, I was utterly entertained and adore every piece of this film, the story, the writing, the direction, the soundtrack/sound design, costume and production design, the ensemble cast, the locations and camera work. Everything just fell into place perfectly. This is the deserving best picture winner, this is IT.