The Favourite

The Favourite

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen version
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In the early eighteenth century, two noble women compete with each other for the position of Queen Anne's intimate companion and confidante.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD F DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
ISBN: 9786317611320
6317611327

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bakeswell
Jul 16, 2019

strange & beautiful film doing 17th century English royal inner sanctum as a cul-de-sac of visceral female jockeying for position. the star of the show is the fantastic castle, shot every which way with natural light & candles. three top actresses put through their intimate paces by European director unafraid to celebrate the grotesqueries of human behavior.

VaughanPLDonnalee Jul 15, 2019

I have mixed feelings about this acclaimed film, very mixed feelings. Parts of it I loved, but parts of it I loathed. The three lead actresses are all sensational and it was a treat to watch a film with powerful and complex women as the leads. The costumes and sets were magnificent and the details were fantastic. The movie was always fascinating and it was beautifully made. Parts of it were funny and the dialogue was quite witty. Why, however, did a movie with three strong complex female leads have to make each one so loathsome and unlikable? They all ended up being pretty vile. I thought the treatment of Queen Anne was particularly heinous and slanderous. She was made out to be a capricious, childish, dimwitted and crazed fool. It seemed so unfair, when by all accounts she wasn't like that at all. Why make a movie based on actual historical characters, and then just ignore all actual facts and spin everything into your own completely revisionist version of events? Why not just write your own original story? If this movie had just made up characters and was presented as fiction, I would have liked it a lot better. But I found using actual historical characters and then just trashing them and presenting them so poorly made the film unpleasant to watch.

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steve1111
Jul 11, 2019

I'm with those who shut this waste of time off after about 30 minutes. Compared to this Barry Lindon is a veritable classic. One note - there is a character in The Favourite referred to as prime minister. No such person existed until Queen Anne was safely and permanently tucked away in a box much to the relief of many at court!!

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chasingdreams
Jul 11, 2019

This movie left me with a creepy feeling. I thought this was going to be a comedy. Instead, it is about a narcissistic young woman who seems compassionate and sweet at first, then turns into a vile person who manipulates Queen Anne of England and destroys people whom the queen loves in the process as she is making her way to the top of Queen Anne's Court. I wish I could get the two hours back that I watched this.

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Courier2003
Jul 08, 2019

Way too long. Studio spent a fortune on wigs and costumes. Lots of backstabbing to find favor with a sicko Queen. She was unfit to run a country. I wanted to eject the disc, but had to find out how it ended. "What ever the Queen wants she gets". Nominations were not warranted. I wonder did royalty really act that way in the 18th century, probably?

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SusyHendrix
Jul 07, 2019

Extremely dry, witty, and dark. It reminded me a lot of Kubrick's BARRY LYNDON.

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hazystar
Jun 29, 2019

I only watched about 20 minutes before I had enough and pressed the eject button. Based on inexact history, this tasteless, vulgar piece of cinema was totally lacking in finesse or class. I find it a total mystery how this movie received so many awards. "To each their own" I guess and in a matter of taste and outlook; I must be Polar opposites to the critics who lavished so much praise on in my view was such an awful, odious film.

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wordsmith888
Jun 24, 2019

I suggest you read all the comments before taking the time to watch this movie. I wanted to see it based on the 2 lead actresses but turned it off after about 15-20 minutes because it was so unwholesome. This is a good reminder to me to check the rating before I watch movies with negative and vile subject matter and language. In my humble opinion, the best movies are rated "G"!

A bit peculiar and unorthodox period drama. If it's close to the real story, it's quite shocking. My biggest problem was with the ending and some of the film-making techniques - the use of the fish-eye lens in particular. That aside, some splendid performances. Weird but worth a look.

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JuniperAvenue
Jun 15, 2019

An inventive, somewhat bizarre film, The Favourite is undeserving of all the vitriol thrown its way in the comments here. Perhaps I had low expectations. I thought, I'll give it 20 minutes then turn it off if I'm bored, and I never was. This interpretation of history may not be factually accurate, but you can tell truth with fiction and that's what the viewer gets here. The political machinations and personal vendettas we see in the West today are an old, old story. Come for the Oscar-worthy performances. Stay for the WTF-ery.

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2019

40 good quotes in IMDb. The writing is edgy and quirky as this one:

Abigail: Have you come to seduce me, or rape me?
Masham: I am a gentleman.
Abigail: So, rape then.

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