Elle Driver’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is madness.
The Favourite is easily the most wildly entertaining and batshit crazy movie of the year. Vindictive, conniving, incorrigible, inconsolable, and downright nasty is exactly what Yorgos Lanthimos' 2018 18th century tragicomic really is. Black comedy and satire are two subgenres I genuinely love seeing onscreen and The Favourite shows exactly why I love this style. The ridiculousness and crudeness of these type of films is sickly hilarious. When The Favourite isn't being genuinely ludicrous or absolutely beautiful to the eyes and ears, the film is busy zooming in on a relationship between three women that is a power play of control and corruption. Each woman is guided by their own motives and intuitions and these only make them more dangerous and lethal to the other. Beauty and sex are power, and power is to have control. The men in this film are practically victims in this game of power and control. The Favourite is an examination of just how far people will go to get what they want and the corruption and impact on others that comes with the want for totalitarian control. Lanthimos offers a film that is visually captivating albeit being outrageously funny, naughty, clever, and genuinely brilliant. The Favourite sneaks up on you like a momentous whirlwind and strikes like a viper in the most ruthless way possible.