(NO SPOILERS) The Favourite might appear to be primarily about love and romance, but it is not. This is a film about the inherent ordeal of most type of relationships if not all: power. Power is the most important factor to withhold from that that we love, and that results in them being dependent on us. This film might serve to be useful as a wake up call to those that believe in romantic love. Love has conditions.
Although, this movie is less "eccentric" than his previous movies, THE FAVOURITE was still able to prove that Yorgos Lanthimos is a very talented director. In my opinion, the plot isn't quite fresh. But Lanthimos succeed to execute it with a solid direction. He was also succeed to utilized his three main cast. Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz & Emma Stone are excellent their own parts. The performances are one of the best
Unfortunately, I could not like it as much as Dogtooth or The Lobster. I found its style too mannered and frankly irritating after a while and then it is a long hard slog through cookie-cutter melodrama and a standard love triangle. The worst part is that it reminds me of Greenaway, but a version of it that is too bashful to be interesting.
[UCI El Corte]Feminist cinema at its best: depicting women as vulgar, nuanced, cruel, admirable, vicious, compassionate and backstabbing beings: same as men: #Equality. Lady Sarah Marlborough writing an apology letter to Queen Anne: "You cunt.">LMFAO*Honestly, haven't seen this good a period drama since Barry Lyndon. One for the books. Colman is oh so moving and humane, Stone is gold but Weisz was robbed of an Oscar.
This film is so beautiful. All of its exterior qualities cooperate seamlessly to achieve that sense of mastery only great films have. Particularly the audiovisual way of storytelling by using crossfades and minimalist baroque music I found lovely. The cynical portrayal of those times make it a great dark comedy. Remarkably, the film has a quite accessible storyline, which debouches into a subtle and great ending.