Rent The Favourite (2018)

3.7 of 5 from 217 ratings
1h 54min
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Synopsis:
In early 18th-century England, a frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne, and her closest friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), governs the country while tending to Anne's ill health and volatile temper. When new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, Sarah takes Abigail under her wing as she cunningly schemes to return to her aristocratic roots, setting off an outrageous rivalry to become the Queen's favourite.
Actors:
, , , Emma Delves, , Paul Swaine, , LillyRose Stevens, , , , , , , Carolyn Saint-Pé, , , , , Declan Wyer
Directors:
Producers:
Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday
Writers:
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Others:
Sandy Powell, Ed Guiney, Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday, Robbie Ryan, Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton, Nadia Stacey
Aka:
Favorite
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Drama, New Releases
Countries:
UK
Awards:

2019 BAFTA Best Actress

2019 BAFTA Best Supporting Actress

2019 BAFTA Best Original Screen Play

2019 BAFTA Best Costumes

2019 BAFTA Best Production Design

2019 BAFTA Best British Film

2019 BAFTA Make-Up And Hair

2019 Oscar Best Actress

2018 Venice Film Festival Grand Jury Prize

2018 Venice Film Festival Best Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
13/05/2019
Run Time:
114 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Favourite : Unstitching the Costume Drama
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/05/2019
Run Time:
114 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Favourite : Unstitching the Costume Drama
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of The Favourite

Too Clever For It's Own Good - The Favourite review by JK

Watching this film is a bit like watching Russell Brand - very smarty-pants clever but deeply distasteful. It ticks all the boxes in terms of sublime setting, lighting, costumes, make up etc. etc. but then you would hope so given how much it cost to make. Every shot is perfectly framed. Every frame could be a Rembrandt or Vermeer painting.

The three women are all brilliant but not necessarily Oscar worthy. If you had absolutely nothing to do all day and were in constant pain you'd be snappy and contrary.

It demonstrated Court corruption and the ridiculousness of political debate really well but aside from a few smile-provoking quips it was hardly the 'comedy' it was cracked up to be in the run up to its release and subsequent hoo-ha about it's ten Oscar nominations. All the funny bits are in the trailer.

On another level it is terribly sad and the sheer tedium of Court life would drive anyone to murderous thoughts but it just leaves a bad taste in the mouth. And speaking of mouths - how come the incredibly realistic bodily functions, blood, gore, fat etc. were depicted perfectly for the period but everyone had brilliantly white teeth, given that they all appeared to live on cake?

It's a 'Marmite' movie - either you will love or hate it.....that's why I've given it an average star score. 'Just can't make up my mind.

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Pointless film - The Favourite review by PL

I have a lot of sympathy with JK's review, but I'm even harsher. It's beautifully shot but I just couldn't help but feel the film is pointless and weird. It's not really clear what you're supposed to take away from it. Yes it shows corruption and politics well but I think most viewers had a sense of how nuts it all was during the period anyway so I don't think the film adds any value there. We live in a golden age of film and television, so I would advise spending two hours of your life watching something more convincing.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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