The Favourite, 7.5/10, delivers an insight into the more taboo side of royal life. Through secret passageways, behind closed doors, under dim candlelight, the true controversy festers. With outstandingly executed cinematography, we are given a fly-on-the-wall look into the love and power feud between three extravagantly wonderful and deeply hilarious women.
As someone who doesn’t usually take to period dramas, The Favourite turns the conventional on its head. The grandeur, eccentricity and ravishing absurdity that Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone delivers provides a side-splitting yet hard-hitting performance that hooks yours attention from the off.
Any prior knowledge of Queen Ann is rather inconsequential as most of it is explained during the film or merely not needed. The Favourite focuses on the intimate relationship between the three central characters rather than the repercussions that may have occurred around the rest of the world. Aside from the rest of the cast, Olivia Colman proves yet again that she is a phenomenal acting force destined for Oscars – an award that I know she would bashfully accept as what’s remarkable about Colman is her naivety of how brilliant she is. If you are a lover of Downton and see this advertised, I would urge you to go but be warned it’s not conventional. Nevertheless, it is a worthy watch and one that I thoroughly enjoyed as my first film of 2019.
Entertainment (of its genre): 7/10
Overall rating….. 7.5/10