The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★

In The Favourite, director Yorgos Lanthimos revitalizes the Victorian drama by presenting an old fashioned courtship rivalry between Abigale Hill (Emma Stone) and Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) for the favor of the Queen Anne.

Yorgos Lanthimos has done it again by making a film that is daring as it is bizzare. And it's very bizarre. Everything from the camera movement and use of fish eye lens to the chromatic score and repeated motifs infuse the story with an uneasy feeling. There are some scenes in this that feel like a fugue state and when they're done you're left thinking "did I really just watch that". The director's frequent use of cross fades adds to this surreal effect.

In addition to its unique technical elements, the film is supported by a star cast who all perform superbly. Emma Stone knocks it out of the park as the cunning and quippy newcomer who disrupts the status quo established early in the film by Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman. She is the epitome of 'killing with kindness' but she shows she can be just as vicious as her enemy in the film, Sarah Churchill.

If this movie is still in theaters in your area it's worth your time and money to see on a big screen.

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