• The Favourite (2018)

The Favourite

Release Date: November 23rd, 2018

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

Cast: Mark Gatiss , Nicholas Hoult , Emma Stone , Olivia Colman , Rachel Weisz , Joe Alwyn

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Genres: Biography , Drama , History

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

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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