2018 ( UK | USA ) ( Biography, Comedy, Drama )
Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
It is the early 18th Century and two manipulative cousins vie for the attention of a completely useless Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), a woman teetering on the brink of ill health and lunacy. One cousin is Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) her current consort, who bends the royal ear to suit her husband’s militarily needs. The other cousin is Abigail (Emma Stone), a destitute armed with nothing more than fierce ambition and a distinct lack of morality. Their vicious relationship underpins the film. Throughout the whole vulgar display of ambition you are never sure whose side you’re on and no one is particularly nice.
The Favourite is a tale without a winner, but plenty of warranted consequences. it’s fresh, foul and extremely funny. Olivia Colman deservedly won an Oscar for Best Actress and she, together with Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz give a funny and nuanced portrayal of women, sex, and power.