In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
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From The Forward: Not a good year for movies, so not a good year for Jews in the movie business. I should go back and look at older Forward articles like this, but this might be the worst year for Jews in movies in the last century. On the bright side ... Rachel Weisz is,...
I can see why this latest film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos would get a lot of attention. It’s a visually sumptuous film that makes excellent use of the filmmaker’s toolbox as well as real-life palatial settings. Everything from the acting, to the script, to the cinematography, to the score, to the editing— all are excellently done and easy to appreciate. It felt Kubrickian in many parts, like a smaller, sillier Barry Lyndon. Lanthimos is never content to let a scene play out in a typical way. Because of this, you see a lot of things like fish eye lenses, extreme contrasts between light and dark, fascinating transitions, and other flares. For example, in one scene, Emma Stone’s and Rachel Weisz’s characters are speaking in a room. Outside their room in the palace, you hear gunshots from a game of pigeon-shooting. But as the scene transitions, we see Stone and Weisz shooting. It’s subtle, but you’re made to understand that you were hearing Stone’s and Weisz’s shooting, not somebody else’s, in the previous scene. In other words, the audio of the shooting game preceded the visual, and served as a lead-in that played with time in the way that only cinema can. There are other examples of these fascinating transitions that I thought really worked.
The other part of Lanthimos’s style is the over-reliance on shock value, which is where the film really lost me. I didn’t care for any of the characters, who were different levels of absurd and silly, never reaching beyond caricature. I also disagreed strongly with the tone of the film, which was much like another 2018 film I respected a lot more than i liked, The Death of Stalin. Both are considered black comedies, both are largely unfunny. They feel far too cynical, like a depressed comedian. And no, hearing 18th people saying the c-word over and over is not funny.
Lastly, while the acting was very impressive, I never felt drawn into these characters. Olivia Colman deserved her Oscar for a technically great performance, delivering exactly what the film required. But did I believe the real Queen Anne was anything like her? No. The performance was a modern creation. I actually never felt that any of the characters were real. All I could see were three famous actresses playing in costume at that Hampton Court Palace. The distinctly modern tone took me out of the time and place, making it all feel like a well-shot cosplay.
So you can see that my issues are largely with the too-modern, cynical tone. But there is more depth, and more to appreciate about The Favourite than I anticipated. For fans of period films, good acting, and good cinematography and editing, it’s one to check out. 2/4 or 2.5/5
P.S.— who can deny that the real star of The Favourite was the typography?
P.P.S.— @RXCafeTX on Twitter (read his blog at rickstexanreviews.com) wanted me to at least add "it's better than A Star is Born 4.0" to this review. And it is.
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