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.
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.
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.