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
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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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