Yorgos Lanthimos’ films have always on the weirder side of cinema. With such eccentric films like The Lobster, Dogtooth and Alps, it’s really hard to guess what the Greek auteur will make next. His next film though, seems to be getting a lot more media attention than usual, so I decided to attend a viewing in Chicago.
The movie centers around the reign of Queen Anne, and follows to women trying to gain her affection, while simultaneously trying to thwart eachother’s advances. The movie stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult. As of now, the film sits at a 90 on Metacritic, while also receiving a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The consensus for the film says that “The Favourite sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext–and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars.”
Upon first arriving in the theatre, I noticed it was very barren and figured this must be a bad sign towards the movie’s quality. I had seen good reviews for it online, so I was hoping for the best when the picture started playing. Upon finishing the film, I knew that my previous worryings for all for nought, as I thought the movie was fantastic.
One of the most overlooked things in cinema is the set and costume design, and I feel like not many really appreciate the effort put into these departments. The costumes in The Favourite were absolutely stunning, and had such eye-popping detail, that it was hard for me to not have my eyes glued on them. The set for the movie was also really interesting in terms of layout, and I thought it did a great job capturing the time period correctly.
The best part of the movie for me would have to be the acting and direction, as they were amazing in every way. Lanthimos assembled a great cast, with the three leading ladies all pulling out intense and very comedic performances. The crown though, has to go to Olivia Colman, who does a fantastic job blending Queen Anne’s more comedic moments with melodramatic.
Yorgos Lanthimos has really honed his craft, and has made one of his best films to date. The movie is, like all his others, very weird and outlandish, but that’s what makes it so brilliant. Not only was the dark comedy greatly appreciated, but I also think it’s one of his more serious endeavors. For any fans of his previous work, or those just looking for something really unique, The Favourite is a great film to view.