The Favourite

favouriteThe Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018)

Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

This is a fantasy based on a hypothesis that Queen Anne was a lesbian - obviously a present-day invention.

I found it disturbing, as I was expecting the usual historical reconstruction costume drama, and I couldn't understand why the acting was so sloppy.

I think that the historical drama, given the expense of getting something like this up, would have been a better way to spend the money. But of course that wouldn't be in the running for a Best Film Oscar, as this is, as I write.

It's a film made for a particular market and will do very well. I personally found it of little interest.

Oh, and re the acting: Emma Stone is good, as usual, but it's her again; Olivia Colman is doing some Method thing and doesn't seem to be in any particular film; and Rachel Weisz looks like an actress - not any particular character.

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 12 January, 2019 | Now: 12 January, 2019