The Favourite ★★★★★

Lanthimos has done it again. With each new film, it seems like he continues to outdo himself, creating new worlds that are just as engaging, and bizarre, as the last. I didn't think that he would be able to outdo The Killing of a Sacred Deer, but here we are now. The Favourite may be his most accessible work yet, as well as his most absurd. Rather than the dark humor, this film had moments where everyone was truly busting a gut. It doesn't take itself too seriously, allowing room for the three leads, Coleman, Stone, and Weisz, to truly shine. The end of the film leaves many questions for viewers, but the rest of the film is easily consumable, but manages to be a surprisingly hilarious arthouse film. This certainly will not be the last time that I see this film, since we are getting it at the theater I work at next week (which I hope is due in part to that petition we got started!). The Favourite may be my favorite film yet from Lanthimos, and I cannot wait to watch it again to dissect it even more, since there's certainly a lot to digest. But, it's one of the strongest films of the year, and one that was worth the long wait for its release here.

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