“The Favourite” hit theaters Friday, and it’s absolutely one of the best movies of the year.
Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”) directed the unique historical drama and satire hybrid. It’s dramatic, hilarious and filled with unexpectedly incredible performances from Nicholas Hoult (who spends most of the movie in heavy make-up and an absurd wig), and Emma Stone in a role unlike anything she’s ever done — and it's the best performance of her career to date.
"The Favourite" tells the story of cousins Abigail (Stone) and Sarah (Weisz), who will do anything necessary to be court favorites. The movie is a fresh examination of female relationships — both platonic and romantic — and tells its characters' stories without judging them (they're really mean to each other).
You'll be on the edge of your seat as the royal drama, which is filmed in a style reminiscent of a horror film, gets more and more heated, and you’ll also laugh a lot along the way.
Why you should watch: It’s one of the funniest movies of the year.
While “The Favourite” is a historical drama, it has a lot of hilarious elements within its characters motivations, costumes and physical comedy that make it unique and better than a standard period movie. A lot of the comedy is thanks to the stellar cast, who are some of the best in the business.
The style of the filmmaking, including the cinematography and camera movements also lends to the comedic elements of the movie, as well as the snappy dialogue. Lanthimos’ signature style makes “The Favourite” feel very different from any other movie of its kind. In fact, there are no other movies like this. But there need to be more.
What's hot: Everyone in the movie
Olivia Colman, who is expected to earn a nomination in the best actress category for her role as Queen Anne, carries the entire movie and has chemistry with absolutely everyone in it. Colman lets Weisz and Stone take over the scenes they have together, and it works beautifully.
Colman’s performance as a tragic, complex woman in power showcases her skills as a dramatic actress as well as her natural comedic talents, which gives us an idea of what she’ll be like as Queen Elizabeth on season three of “The Crown.” She's going to be great, as expected.
In his role as Robert Harley, First Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, Nicholas Hoult proves that he's a talented comedic actor. Hoult provides most of the comedic relief, and he does it well. Who knew he had it in him? I certainly did not. And I feel bad for underestimating him, because he is an absolute delight in this.
What’s not: Emma Stone is great in her role, but she doesn’t fit well into the 18th century setting.
Emma Stone has a very modern look, so she doesn’t feel right for a film set centuries into the past. But luckily, that doesn’t matter. “The Favourite” has a modern feel despite the setting, and Stone does her best work to date in this movie, so it’s easy to look past. Stone really should get more credit for going all out for this role: She combines her skills as a comedic actress and a dramatic one to make her unlikable character come to life, and she makes the audience feel for her. Her work in “The Favourite” is far, far better than the work that won her an Oscar for “La La Land.”
The bottom line: It's one of the unique films in years, and you must see it in theaters
“The Favourite” is a deliciously funny and dramatic film that has fun with itself and its characters, which makes it stand out among all historical royal movies. It's one of the best movies of the year, and it’s a must-see in theaters for its incredible performances and artistic look from costumes to set to cinematography. It will hopefully get nominated for many Oscars.
"The Favourite" is in theaters now. Watch the trailer below:
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