• The Favourite (2018)

The Favourite

Release Date: November 23rd, 2018

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.

Cast: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss, Jenny Rainsford

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Film4, Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Waypoint Entertainment

Keywords: Fall , Rise , Friend , Melodramatic , England , Rivalry , Emotional , Amusing , Spirited , Tense ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    E. Oliver WhitneyScreenCrush

    This is less Lanthimos’ film than it is Colman, Stone, and Weisz’s. The Favourite is mostly an excuse to watch these three attempt to one-up each other. show more

  • 100
    Lee MarshallScreen International

    The Favourite is one of those rare films where the energy generated by three talents at the top of their game and the energy generated by their characters swirl and merge in a perfect storm. show more

  • 100
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    [Yorgos Lanthimos'] fabulously entertaining tragicomedy, The Favourite, is a juicy power tangle connecting three women in the royal court of early 18th-century England, played by a divine trio who bounce off one another with obvious relish. show more

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