Tuesday 8 January 2019

Film Review: The Favourite

The Favourite
7 January 2019
119 mins
Yorgos Lanthimos (Director) 
Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. (IMDB Synopsis)

I've been struggling to decide on a rating for The Favourite. It was enjoyable and funny, certainly, and I'm glad to have seen it, but somehow it didn't thrill me as much as I'd anticipated. Perhaps my expectations were a little too high having heard such rave reports about it. I guess I could say that it never touched my heart, even though there were plenty of brilliant moments. It may be I simply wasn't in the right mood for it on the day I went, and I might consider a rewatch in the future, to see if I react different then. Naturally, the period design and costumes looked brilliant--and wonderfully over the top at times--and all the cast gave strong performances, especially the three female leads. It was simply a little added spark that was missing for me, so I am giving this film four stars.

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