The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★

This year has been pretty good for pitch black historical comedies about incessant manipulation, corruption, and general incompetence, huh? Gee, I wonder why that is, something large and orange I can’t quite put my finger on...

Anyway, no disrespect to The Death of Stalin, but The Favourite feels like the more potent of the two. On top of the gorgeous cinematography and production design, Lanthimos’s film is an accute character study of the world’s most petulant and manipulative love triangle. The way this toys with audience sympathies and gradually unveils that motives and values do in fact have a bearing on the ugliness one can (should?) wreak, because, as they say, one must be careful what they wish for. All three women are pretty great in their roles, especially Olivia Colman as the rapidly deteriorating and child-like moneky’s paw at the heart of this twisted little movie.

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