The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★★

“I like it when she puts her tongue inside me.”

It’s kind of perfect? I have to admit I was extremely skeptical about the film even though I love almost everyone who was involved in it, I’m not a fan of period pieces except maybe for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, and I just couldn’t understand how something like The Favourite could work but obviously the master of making impossible things into chef-d'oeuvres, Yorgos Lanthimos, proved me wrong, even without being a screenwriter it feels like a Yorgos Lanthimos film, and his best to date. I’m always happy to be proven wrong about such things but the condition I’m in right now is something beyond just happy.

The first shot yells at the audience with all its grace and pomposity of the period. Its grandiose cinematography and unique framing give you the opportunity to see familiar locations and costumes under a brand new light, and obviously to make the entire film more absurd than it already is. The Favourite is a twisted and grotesque tale of obsession (and also trying to figure out who’s the bottom and who’s the top) wrapped up in slinky costumes and sumptuous decorations. But just as any other film by Yorgos no matter how dark and gloomy the subject matter is, The Favourite is a comedy and very very possibly the most witty and unique one of the the last year, sorry, Lars and Rachel (the other one). And my love, Emma Stone, proves herself once again as one of the best comediennes working today, let alone her dramatic acting when she can a shy and obedient maid and a top of the tops all in one scene. Dynamic between her, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman is something you should pray on because you can count on fingers every movie that features such a passionate and daring ensemble as Yorgos Lanthimos put together for The Favourite. 

And just like any other Yorgos Lanthimos work, The Favourite ends on a very high note making you think “NO! IT CAN’T END NOW!” right before the credits start rolling. But unlike his previous works The Favourite has a resolution leaving the three characters in their own graves they dug for themselves and the audience realizing that Queen Anne is THE TOP.

“-Love has limits. -It should not.”

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