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The Favourite (2018)

Updated: Jun 21

R | 1h 59min | 8/10 | #Biography #Drama #Comedy

Parental Rating: R (Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian)


 
 

STORYLINE:

The Favourite (2018) is a dark comedy set in the early 18th century, during the reign of Queen Anne. As England is at war with France, the frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, while her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. Their dynamic is disrupted by the arrival of Abigail, a new servant whose charm endears her to Sarah. As Abigail rises through the ranks, a bitter rivalry ensues between her and Sarah, vying for the Queen’s affection and power. The film explores themes of ambition, power, and betrayal within the opulent and politically charged royal court.


STAFF REVIEW:

The Favourite (2018) is a brilliantly crafted film that combines sharp wit, dark humor, and intricate political maneuvering. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the film features outstanding performances from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone. Olivia Colman’s portrayal of Queen Anne is both poignant and comedic, earning her an Academy Award for Best Actress. The film's cinematography, with its use of natural lighting and wide-angle lenses, adds to the immersive and visually striking experience. The screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara is both clever and biting, making The Favourite a standout film that deftly balances drama and comedy.


CREDITS:

Director: 

- Yorgos Lanthimos

Writers:

- Deborah Davis

- Tony McNamara

Starring:

- Olivia Colman as Queen Anne

- Rachel Weisz as Lady Sarah

- Emma Stone as Abigail

- Nicholas Hoult as Harley

- Joe Alwyn as Masham

- James Smith as Godolphin

- Mark Gatiss as Marlborough

Produced by:

- Ceci Dempsey

- Ed Guiney

- Lee Magiday

- Yorgos Lanthimos

Production Companies:

- Element Pictures

- Scarlet Films

- Film4 Productions

- Waypoint Entertainment

- TSG Entertainment

Cinematography: Robbie Ryan

Edited by: Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Music by: Various artists

Distributed by: 

- Fox Searchlight Pictures

Release date: November 23, 2018

Run Time: 1h 59min

Country: 

- United Kingdom

- Ireland

- United States

Languages: English

Budget: $15 million

Box office: $95.9 million


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