The Favourite (review)

The Favourite (review)
The Favourite (review)
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You can always expect unusual cinema with director Giorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster,” “Killing of a Sacred Deer”). This time he’s applied his warped sensibilities to the cunning affairs of the heart played out thru the machinations of court. Olivia Colman plays an ailing Queen Anne in 18th century England. She’s attended by her devoted Lady and lover (Rachel Weisz). When a new servant arrives (Emma Stone), they begin a conflict for the Queen’s affection. There’s a beautiful location, lovely dresses and no small measure of absurd slants on royal life. The 3 women are all enjoyable, with Colman being especially enthralling. The film promises absurd satire and peculiar wit, which it delivers with compelling style, but the lagging pace and rambling narrative keep this film from fully realizing its absurd comic impact.

 

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

 

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