Wednesday May 27, 2020

Lanthimos serves up a right royal romp

The Favourite is an extravagantly strange, sublimely bawdy film that can count three phenomenal performances from phenomenal actresses amongst its heaped achievements.

6th January, 2019
Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos wouldn’t be the first name you’d pick to direct a period farce about an 18th-century English queen. Conventional cinema wisdom would say there’s nothing in the Greek’s uniquely oddball body of work – from Dogtooth to The Killing of a Sacred Deer – to suggest he’d be a good fit for a corsets and crinoline comedy of manners set in the court of Queen Anne. But conventional wisdom is wrong: The Favourite is...

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