The Favourite
Director: 
Yorgos Lanthimos
Year: 
2018
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
119 mins
Cast: 
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

"It’s a bit crazy, wild yet precise, a mix of comedy and drama that feints in the direction of anachronism, even as it provides a grand showcase for Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman, who are extraordinary." - San Francisco Chronicle

"'The Favourite,' with a profane, erudite script by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, is a farce with teeth, a costume drama with sharp political instincts and an aggressive sense of the absurd." - The New York Times

"You know how some costume epics can be such a bloody bore? Not 'The Favourite.' It’s a bawdy, brilliant triumph, directed by Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos with all the artistic reach and renegade deviltry he brought to 'Dogtooth (2009),' 'The Lobster (2015)' and 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017).'" - Rolling Stone

"This is a work of art that embraces and embellishes all the joys of cinema while offering a more enjoyable and progressive revisionist history." - Film Threat

"This couldn’t be further from the corsets and curtsies of your typical Hollywood prestige period piece. It’s more like 'All About Eve' directed by a Satyricon-era Fellini all hopped up with enough sex, deviance, hypocrisy, decadence, and spicy profanity to make your average Masterpiece Theatre patron reach into their PBS tote bag for some smelling salts." - Entertainment Weekly

"[Yorgos Lanthimos'] fabulously entertaining tragicomedy, 'The Favourite,' is a juicy power tangle connecting three women in the royal court of early 18th-century England, played by a divine trio who bounce off one another with obvious relish." - The Hollywood Reporter

"'The Favourite' has ribaldry and intelligence to burn, a deliciously entertaining period piece that feels liberated by its period, rather than restrained and invigorates like a glass of wine thrown violently in your face." - Cinevue

"A deliciously diabolical comedy of ill manners and outré palace intrigue." - Washington Post