The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★★

Devilish and delicious nastiness, Yorgos Lanthimos The Favourite is balanced with off-kilter humor and moments that favor with a double meaning; builds upon an atmosphere of the frailties of humanity that plucking at insecurities like scabs and exposing the wounds through it. The sound of dogs panting and doves cooing set the tone first before we even see the first image of the film. Animals play a pivotal role in this costume drama/ royal court farce directed by Yorgos Lanthimos ( The Lobster, The Killing of Sacred Deer), a director renowned for intricate displacements, unexpected bluntness, and wondrous horrors among his films. What intrigue us around with the beautiful garden, sumptuous flowers, embroidered walls, and luxurious things is the hideousness and self-disgust of those in power. Set in the court of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in the 18th Century, the film revolves around a story of rivalry and a period drama embellished with dark humor. Queen Anne is broken and Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) rules in her stead. But when her cousin, Anna (Emma Stone) enters the court looking for work, Lady Sarah finds her world unsettled and the power dynamics changed forever. Using fisheye lenses to distort the skews reality of the well-heeled and whip-pan shots within the court, The Favourite manages to view the matter well-versed raised exponentially by the compelling performances of Colman, Weisz, and Stone. The dynamics among the characters and the environment are utterly amazing even though it was touched by a superlative material, the film landed gracefully on its own. No wonder they had received accolades last 2018, the sensation of the central trio deserves more than worthy praise. They were utterly fantastic at all costs in delivering on their characters. The dialogues are sharp and don't lisp with one another, and eventually cutting their blades. Especially, Olivia Colman, she delivers a highly-throned performance of pain and conflict. Weisz and Stone make for delicious one-on-one partners as the power dynamics merge and the claws and fangs come out. Overall, The Favourite is a commanding film from beginning to end which doesn't just exposes the underneaths but also a portrait of power.

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