Review of THE FAVOURITE – Rated R – 1 hr. 59 mins.

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THE FAVOURITE – Rated R – 1 hr. 59 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Yorgos Lanthimos 

WRITERS:  Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara 

STARRING:  Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz 

As we are thrust into the early 18th century, France and England are at war, but sadly the fragile and feeble Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), has more impressing engagements, like duck racing…and playing with the rabbits that occupy her chambers…

And it seems too with the Queen so preoccupied by her own ailments, rather than the matters of state, her dear friend Sarah (Rachel Weisz) must take the course of action needed to keep the countries affairs afloat…

But when a beautiful new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) enters the fold at the palace, it seems that more than one fair maiden is now vying for the Queen’s attention, and affections…leaving England, and its Queen to be ruled by nothing more than promiscuity and passion…

I give THE FAVOURITE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Talk about stepping beyond the standard 18th Century period piece – THE FAVOURITE enlightens us not only to the beauty of the Victorian age, but also to the passions and pitfalls of this rather unconventional and unstable Monarchy.  This film is so incredibly fueled with exceptional performances throughout – that you literally can’t miss one second of what is being portrayed on screen – as Coleman Weisz and Stone too, should be award bound all the way through the impending awards season.  Lanthimos has brought to life a rather bodacious and uninhibited storyline, that is as unconventional, as it is enjoyable to behold.  Truth be told, I was very uncertain of how all the promiscuity and passion promised within its frames was going to unfold, amidst its Victorian laden backdrop, but it pleases me to share that it all manages to work together quite magically!  Alas, THE FAVOURITE is one of those rare films that manages to ignite an interest from within each viewer, as it manages to captivate you throughout its every frame, until you manage to arrive at its quite bitter, and rather abrupt ending…

Kathy Kaiser

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