The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★½

All the familiar trappings of standard period fare --- the elaborate costuming, the meticulously constructed set pieces, harpsichord galore --- give way to a thrillingly perverse (and hilarious) little romp with a bitter, oozing black heart at its center.

Really love the playful use of whip pans and fisheye lens to further warp the off-kilter tenor of all of the frantic political maneuvering and weird rich people shenanigans. Pretty much every performance is top notch, but Olivia Colman in particular brings so much depth and humanity to a character that could have easily been mere dopey comic relief in less capable hands.

And, in case you're wondering: yes, Rachel Weisz can slap me and hurl large books at me all she wants.

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