Reviews: The Favourite (2018)

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  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog [Croatian]
  • David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: The Favourite is an exercise in droll deconstructionism, marveling in exquisite set design and costumes that rarely veer toward the anachronistic… yet still resist the urge of fawning reverence and hagiographic sentimentality that so bedevils most American productions about British monarchs and the centuries-old gentry class. Infusing passion into this potentially disaffected aesthetic is a triumvirate of tour de force performances from Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Director Yorgos Lanthimos understands what makes period pieces so fitfully entertaining. In doing so, it becomes an artistic work of art.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Hewing close to historical fact, yet leaving ample room for comedy and hints of tragedy, The Favourite mocks the absurdity of Queen Anne’s court, shatters the genteel façade of regal refinement, and offers three fully-developed, three-dimensional characters played with aplomb by powerhouse female performers. Lanthimos’s version of historical drama twisted by a devious screenplay and spiced with contemporary flourishes will placate both genre purists and those who relish in experimentation.
  • Wesley Lovell @ On occasion, a film like “The Favourite” comes along to upend convention and tell a compelling historical narrative with visceral, vicious energy.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth
    • Excerpt: Part period drama, part court intrigue, part soap opera, part “The Death of Louis XIV,” part lesbian sex comedy, and wholly its own wicked, strange beast.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Lanthimos delivers a stylish, scrupulous period piece that toys with convention, provides hilarious highs and soul-crushing lows, and is a shrewd, astute, slick film from credits to credits.
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: It might be Lanthimos’ most straightforward piece since Dogtooth, its dry humor keeping us sharp and ready to expect the unexpected.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The Favourite is a saucy delight.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: The Favourite has no shortage of irreverence and layers of subversion to best realize this story of rivalries and power plays between three complex women.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Colman, Weisz, and Stone give stunningly multilayered performances which never fail, being enchanting and maddening all at once. It’s a magic show where the Prestige is wrought through actions of self-preservation; with each successive act, a little bit of everyone is lost, even the seemingly happy.
  • [New] | Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Great Cast, Amazing Period Drama!
  • Jonathan Richards @ Pasatiempo
    • Excerpt: Everything clicks in this darkly funny satire. The humor is sometimes sophisticated, and sometimes slapstick, but it all works.
  • Júlio Cézar Rodrigues @ Megalomania Cultural [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Another singular and outstanding work from greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, this is a spetacular period piece with three stunning, Oscar worthy performances.
  • Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Well-executed dark comedy of court intrigue in 18th-century England
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: In the end, the boredom and dryness still dominate to blast away chances for connection like buckshot through a targeted pigeon’s feathers and flesh.