The Favourite ★★★½

Lanthimos does a great job portraying a gloomy English setting during the time of war with France, when two sycophants compete for the frail Queen Anne’s favor in a battle that leads to envy, lust, and bitterness. But even if it is hard to relate to any of the characters, and the humor doesn’t always work, there is still plenty to admire, as The Favourite is indeed a monstrous extravagance in itself—boasting a gorgeous production design with Oscar-worthy costumes and excellent leading performances.

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