zedcutsinger’s review published on Letterboxd:
I am so thankful that I got to see this at AFI Film Fest. (I only got to see two movies, this and Roma. Not a bad duo.) I'm not sure if The Favourite will be classified as a comedy, but it's the most I've laughed in a movie all year. The banter between characters is filled with venomous jabs that are both humorous and a constant attempt to shift social status. This is my favorite Emma Stone performance yet (while the screenplay is loaded with gems of jokes, her subtle facial gestures were enough to break the audience multiple times.) Seeing Olivia Colman go from Peep Show (the effing best) to pulling off dramatic performance after dramatic performance fills me with joy. The Favourite is Yorgos Lanthimos' most atypical film yet, a more grounded film based in reality. His style works well with other screenwriters.
(That dancing scene destroyed me. More please. Please, Lanthimos. PLEASE.)