The Favourite - 4/5
This film receiving critical acclaim is absolutely no surprise. From the beginning of the movie, the film does not fail to impress in its storytelling, humor and filming. The Favourite tells a comically dramatised story of Queen Anne and her relationships between her adviser Sarah and a Abigail - a former Lady. As the story progresses, we see the Queen take favour of Abigail over Sarah, as Abigail tries her hardest to climb up the royal ladder seeking the Queen's affection in the process. In their roles as the Queen, Sarah and Abigail - the three actors Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are truly remarkable. Colman's Queen Anne is sure to get her a few accolades during the Award Season, and I won't be surprised if she scores her first Oscar Nomination for Best Actress. Colman's performance is worth the admission to this film. She is quirky yet sad, whilst the character's loneliness and insecurities in beauty are brought to life amazingly well by Colman. To say we are surprised is not true, Colman- a very well seasoned actor who has done many British productions and smaller independent movies, has never failed to impress critics. In supporting roles, Weisz and Stone complement each other well. Weisz reminds us here what her potential is, and Stone shows us once again that she is a serious actress. Thanks to the phenomenal direction of Yorgos Lanthimos, each scene brings out the best in the three actors as he relies heavily on the emotions of every situation without relying on dialogue. The screenwriters have done an outstanding job on the screenplay. Using more contemporary language and setting a more modern feel, the writing explores the three female relationships and the dynamics deeply. The liberal use of the word 'c*nt' did come as a shock to me, though it complemented the scenes very well. I strongly recommend fans of the period pieces to give this ago. It is a very well crafted movie that a lot of people will enjoy.