manda’s review published on Letterboxd:
Oh my dear Yorgos... what a ride from beginning to end.
This is the most original period piece I've seen in the past decade and I'm so happy Yorgos Lanthimos was the one to create it. This film is so unique and refreshing. I loved the 7 part structure and the way he entitled the acts as if it were a play. The dialogue was witty, blunt and straight up vulgar but I loved every second of it.
The darling and riveting trio of women leading this film gave the best performances of their career. Olivia Colman gave a very emotional and obscure performance as Queen Anne, Emma Stone gave a psychological and manipulative performance and lastly Rachel Weisz gave a controlling and honest performance. Each of them worked so well with each other and it was unfortunate that there wasn't more of their banter throughout the film. This is my second favourite Lanthimos film, right after The Lobster and I really love that he's trying different pieces.
The direction worked so well for a period piece and I loved the positioning of the camera in certain scenes. He is also one of the few directors that give complete freedom to his actors and you can tell that they feel extremely comfortable working with him on screen.
The story is absolute perfection and I wanted more from each of them. I loved that these three roles were very different and that they showed three different ages of women and three very distinct backstories that were all reflected in the final scene.
Yorgos Lanthimos finally hit that likeable obscurity for award season and I can't wait to see what he has in store for the future!