The Favourite

Back in November my husband and I went to see “The Favourite”.

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Between the amazing cast and the period setting we were both extremely interested in the film. I am glad we saw it. It is a very good but not great film.

When you consider Queen Anne’s place in British history as the last monarch in the Stuart dynasty it is amazing that she is not more well known. So much attention has gone to the other great Queen’s of Britain, but her place is both vital and tragic. This film does a great job of showing Queen Anne toward the end of her life when after seventeen miscarriages, stillbirths and lost children she is failed to produce an heir. Olivia Coleman is absolutely fantastic as Anne, a woman who still yields tremendous power but whose insecurities as well as her physical and emotional ailments leave without strong convictions in terms of which direction to take her country.

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Rachael Weisz continues an amazing comeback as the woman who finds herself as Queen Anne’s number one influencer only to have her position challenged by a young upstart.

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Proving that she can play more than the energetic ingénue Emma Stone has her darkest role to date.

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As the film goes on it is wonderful to see these three women hold the screen and act their asses off without the need for a male lead in the film.

I like dark comedies and “The Favourite” is certainly a dark comedy. However, there are moments when the film is just a little too off to truly enjoy. This makes sense when you consider that the director is the same director as 2016’s “The Lobster”, another film where Weisz was great but the film itself was always a little off.

I am thrilled that this film is giving these three actresses a chance to shine. I also love that Queen Anne is getting her moment. I do recommend this film but just be warned it is a dark comedy and it may not quite be everybody’s cup of tea.

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Here is a description:

Justin Gomez and his sister, Terri, have never been close. Separated by nine years and distant in adulthood, Justin and Terri have little in common, except for the love of her three children. In the days before they embark on a road trip to visit the father that once abandoned them and their now deceased mother, both Terri and Justin are dealing with unexpected changes in their lives. Justin surprisingly realizes he might want more than a series of one night stands after a first date goes unexpectedly well. After a lifetime of being a strong type A personality, Terri is forced to confront the reality of the end of her marriage. As they hit the road, with Terri’s children in tow, they find themselves forced to rely on and confide in each other following a devastating event. Confronted with memories from the past and challenges from the present, Terri and Justin must dig deep and unearth the truth about themselves and their parents in order to build a new family based on their love for each other.

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