The Favourite

The Favourite

DVD - 2019
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Early eighteenth-century England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her friend Lady Sarah tends to her ill health. When a new servant Abigail arrives, Sarah takes her under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become time-consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps in to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their growing friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions, and no one will stand in her way.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2019]
ISBN: 9786317611320
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Fa
Description: 1 videodisc (119 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R; for strong sexual content, nudity and language
Alternative Title: Favorite


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Winner: Actress in a Leading Role, Olivia Coleman

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Mar 25, 2019

This movie feels like a lesbian Shakespearian play done in an elegant and tasteful way. Really immersive visual experience overall. Time royally well wasted.

Mar 23, 2019

Early eighteenth-century England becomes a historically flexible backdrop for a take-no-prisoners duel between two strong women at Queen Anne's court. They are smart, tough and witty, of course, in contrast to all those dim and foppish men (a growing theme these days, and one that is growing increasingly tiresome). The outstanding performances of all three female principals make this definitely worth seeing. But despite the director's novel shooting style plus a good screenplay and some nice Schubert, the film (as opposed to the acting) is disappointing.

Mar 22, 2019

This movie made more sense to me after I watched the "Extras" section. I didn't expect the storyline as shown. Somehow expected those in power and those wishing to be influential to those in power to be above base actions. Glad I didn't spend money at the theater to see this movie as I would have been disappointed.

Mar 21, 2019

An atmospheric period piece (not?) about palace intrigue and scheming characters, jockeying to become the "favorite" of the (unstable) queen. There are interesting camera angles, dwarfing the human characters in their settings; elaborate and beautiful costumes; and tour-de-force acting from all three leads (all female). The soundtrack, of classical music (both contemporary and period-appropriate baroque) is notable since it acts as a special effect in places. Despite these interesting and well-done touches, there are other parts that seem gratuitous or unnecessary. All in all not a great movie, but worth seeing.

Mar 19, 2019

Basile01 What are you talking about? I don't understand you. Ifrit, "trumpswall"? What does Trump & a Wall have to do with this? trumpswall..I don't get you. I think Emma Stone is beautiful. Very talented.

Mar 17, 2019

Stunning to look at, but hard to actually watch due to the mean spirited, devious characters (full confession: I'm more a Jane Austen adaptation kind of girl). As the French reviewer noted below, if you want more facts, watch Masterpiece Theatre and I have to admit, I would have enjoyed MT's interpretation a bit more. But the filmmaking here is notable and the acting is good. Glad I saw it for those reasons, but probably not going to be a repeat viewing!

Mar 15, 2019

Huh. I'm American, born and raised here. And I could read every word of Basile01's comment (and thanks, Basile01, yours and several others gave me the information I was looking for to decide on this one!). trumpswall, why don't you add your opinion of the MOVIE, I think that's what people read the comments for, and more data is always welcome.

Mar 15, 2019

Weird film. Yorgos Lanthimos is known for directing weird films and this one is no exception.

Very briefly, the story is about two cousins vying to be the ailing Queen Anne's "Favourite" but in order to further their own personal ambitions and not out of any sense of real affection or loyalty to the Queen. The movie is loosely based on some fact but much of the particulars are made up. Some films are basically accurate historical films with some poetic licence and others are mostly made up but are based on a generally true occurrence. Anne was very sickly and quirky. Lady Marlborough was a close confidante and Marlborough's cousin was a lady at court. Much of the specifics are made up.

The film is overall entertaining, the main positive is the costume and set design. The outfits are excellent. They give a feel for the aristocracy and wealth that the characters have but also a sense of the grime of the times (the makeup and awful wigs...) Although Coleman was good as Queen Anne, I don't see why this particular performance deserved an Oscar. Maybe because she managed to be wretched and sympathetic at the same time. (Or, knowing Hollywood, the fact that she is portrayed as a Lesbian made her performance a liberal political issue and, therefore, she just had to win.)

Every character in the film is unlikeable. It is a dark comedy with mostly heartless personalities (and weird, recurring single note music at times). If you like that kind of thing you might like the film.

Mar 12, 2019

Five stars for the performances, one star for the story. With a few minor exceptions, the characters are needlessly cruel, almost to the point of caricature. Though the trailers made it appear to be a humorous romp, it's depressing and dystopian, especially the ending. Not one I'll watch again despite some truly brilliant performances.

Mar 12, 2019

Comédie noire et mordante très réussie. Le trio d'actrices en vedette est superbe (surtout Olivia Colman - elle a grandement mérité son Oscar). Si vous vous attendez à une production historique genre 'Masterpiece Theatre', vous allez être décus par ce film.

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