The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★★

I... think this might be my favourite film of the year. 

When it started, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because all the 60+ year old audience members started laughing straight away at things that weren’t making me laugh so I thought the whole thing would just not hit and go completely over my head. I was wrong. It just got delightfully better and I became swept up in this bizarre world. 

I go on about good performances a lot, but I really want to emphasise just how INCREDIBLE the three leads were. All three women carried this film in such a marvellous way, bringing depth and subtle differences to each of their characters. I always like what Emma Stone does and this was no exception. I might just be rooting for Olivia Colman to win all the Best Actress awards. And then there’s Rachel Wiesz, who was absolutely spectacular in my opinion and it was one of the first things I spoke about when coming out of the cinema. 

At times I thought the humour was a little too slapstick for my taste, but I think this opinion was emphasised by the audiences’ extreme laughter at the more slapstick-y moments. Otherwise, I absolutely loved the humour and I’m not sure if I was expecting it to be so quotable and have dialogue as strong as it did. 

The movie reminded me a lot of All About Eve, but not in a way that felt like it was an exhausted, “been there done that” story. 

This movie looked spectacular, it sounded incredible and was just an enjoyable experience all round. This is the first Yorgos Lanthimos film I have seen, and I can’t wait to dive into his work to see if I can discover movies just as enjoyable as this one.

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