The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★½

i feel like i have always been on Lanthimos' wavelength, but i've always understood why he isn't for everyone. i was cracking up throughout Killing of a Sacred Deer while everyone else politely walked out. but this is like a party where everyone's invited, and by god he's having so much fun! like, he still gets brutal and still seems to generally kinda hate humanity, but he also infuses these characters with heart and pathos, having us constantly switch allegiances.

Colman, Weisz, and Stone are all excellent. it's great to see Stone be so nasty, she has some remarkable gestures and expressions in this. also Nicholas Hoult is so good??? there's a moment when a servant boy is told to find someone else and he just lifts up his lantern in the dark room to look around, and children, i died. anyway this is a ridiculous amount of fun and Sandy Powell has OUTDONE herself.

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