Nicolò Grasso’s review published on Letterboxd:
Original Title: The Favourite
Year of Release: 2018
Genres: Historical Drama; Dark Comedy
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Main Cast: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone
The tone is much more overtly comedic than any of Lanthimos’ work, with actors embracing the silliness of the story and expressing a big range of emotions. The story itself becomes quite farsical, with Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz doing crazier and crazier things just to force the queen do something. It is probably this straight-forward comedy approach that just felt weird during a Lanthimos film, and while I too was laughing alongside the rest of the audience, there comes a time halfway through where you just get tired of it, and the interest in the political plottings starts fading away.
As one might expect, the film is gorgeous to look at, from sweeping cinematography to highly detailed sets and costumes. The film itself is fairly fun to watch, and the first half is especially quite effective. It is kind of disappointing that this feels more like Lanthimos proving that he can be genuinely funny, failing at being really thought-provoking in an overlong epilogue that went on for far too long.
Visual Effects: 9
Violence & Gore: 4
Sex & Nudity: 7
Drugs & Profanity: 4
Intensity & Horror: 4