Review: The Favourite


Filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is about as close we get these days to a surrealist auteur in the Luis Bunuel-traditional sense with his 2015 “romantic comedy” The Lobster being a prime example of his idiosyncratic tendencies. So it’s no surprise that his latest is as far from a stuffy period piece as one gets. The Favourite plays more like a Victorian-era version of Mean Girls or an episode of Veep and is a wickedly entertaining showcase for three of the year’s best performances in Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone. The non-stop backstabbing, jockeying, and shade-throwing is an absolute delight in a film that is exquisitely designed, costumed, and photographed. The entirety of the movie though rests of the shoulders of its central trio of women and I could have watched them trade barbs back and forth with each other for days on end. The Favourite is at all times hilarious, poignant, and delectable. Grade: A.


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