The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★★

Like a chess game played by unhinged maniacs, it is carefully calculated planning by people more than willing to play against the rules to manipulate their pieces into advantageous positions. Lanthimos observes humans as petty animals hardly capable of living up to their pathetic ambitions, emphasizing the idea of the court as mere guinea pigs that, at most, play with other guinea pigs. All of its technical elements present itself as high art even as every single frame is wrought with decidedly unregal behavior that violenty contradicts our sensibilities, disarming us with its formal daring as much as with the characters' shrewd manipulations.

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