The Favourite

The Favourite ★★★★½

I'm a little sad inside because I was expecting this film to be my favourite picture of 2018, but while I did enjoy the crap out of it, it wasn't enough to climb to the top of my list (still in my top 3, tho!)

It's hard not to compare this film with the masterpiece that is Barry Lyndon (1975), not because they're both set around the same time frame (I think?). But while the first was based around one character through his entire life, this film revolves around three women played masterfully by Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

The back and forth dynamic between Lady Marlborough and Miss Hill, trying to win the favor of the queen, is one of the best character interactions I've seen in a long time. These are the Academy Awards nominations I'm 100% behind.
(What I don't get is why have Colman as Best Actress when Emma Stone has way more screentime? My guess is that it doesn't really matter).

Also, I don't want to spoil anything, but yeah. I'm thinking this is by far one of the best roles of Rachel Weisz. Take that as you will.

I'm not going to make comparisons, I'm not gonna say he's the best director who has ever lived. I'm just glad to have Yorgos Lanthimos around, who has proven himself as a competent director that has won me over with every single one of his films and, as a result, has become of my favorite directors.

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