The Favourite – Intrigen und Irrsinn (2018)

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The Favourite – Intrigen und Irrsinn: Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. With Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Delves, Faye Daveney. In early 18th-century England, the status quo at the court is upset when a new servant arrives and endears herself to a frail Queen Anne.

“The Favourite was not what I expected. This isnu0026#39;t classic Yorgos Lanthimos, this is a whole new, more whimsical Yorgos Lanthimos, approached parallel to his usual sinister, vexing, and twisted spirit. In full hindsight, this more comedic and less calamitous manner ended with me completely and whole-heartedly digging it. And when I say, The Favourite is more cheer and juvenile than his previous work, Iu0026#39;m not inferring that Lanthimos loses his infamous psychologically poignant gift in this, Iu0026#39;m just inferring that itu0026#39;s done in a much more subtle way, hidden by cynical buffoonery.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAt the time being, I would claim that this isnu0026#39;t my favorite-sorry-favourite of Lanthimosu0026#39;s filmography-The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer still hold that spot dearly to my heart-but I would doubtlessly claim that The Favourite is by a long-shot, Lanthimosu0026#39;s most gratifying and crowd-pleasing film. I did not expect to had had such a blast with this movie. Not only is it funny as hell, but the comradery and rivalry between Emma Stoneu0026#39;s character and Rachel Weiszu0026#39;s character-both who by the way, give the most dexterous performances of this entire year-was just too much fun to take in. And Olivia Colmanu0026#39;s performance as the queen…comical perfection.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe atmospherical tone of this movie also is one of the many aspects that won me over. It reputed like an old-fashioned, 1-on-1, battle of the minds movie, just with touches of Lanthimosu0026#39;s typical synthetic stylizations. Itu0026#39;s the cherry on the top of this shrewd satire.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe Favourite might not be as poetically relevant to todayu0026#39;s society like The Lobster, or as tramuatizingly stirring like The Killing of a Sacred Deer, but itu0026#39;s a playful piece of mental spectacle that is oddly bone-crushing, yet, pleasing, all at once. Loved nearly every second of it. Bravo, once again Sir Lanthimos. (Verdict: A)”

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