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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winston16
Mar 17, 2019

Stunning to look at, but hard to actually watch due to the mean spirited, devious characters (full confession: I'm more a Jane Austen adaptation kind of girl). As the French reviewer noted below, if you want more facts, watch Masterpiece Theatre and I have to admit, I would have enjoyed MT's interpretation a bit more. But the filmmaking here is notable and the acting is good. Glad I saw it for those reasons, but probably not going to be a repeat viewing!

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Ifrit
Mar 15, 2019

Huh. I'm American, born and raised here. And I could read every word of Basile01's comment (and thanks, Basile01, yours and several others gave me the information I was looking for to decide on this one!). trumpswall, why don't you add your opinion of the MOVIE, I think that's what people read the comments for, and more data is always welcome.

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Sastez1
Mar 15, 2019

Weird film. Yorgos Lanthimos is known for directing weird films and this one is no exception.

Very briefly, the story is about two cousins vying to be the ailing Queen Anne's "Favourite" but in order to further their own personal ambitions and not out of any sense of real affection or loyalty to the Queen. The movie is loosely based on some fact but much of the particulars are made up. Some films are basically accurate historical films with some poetic licence and others are mostly made up but are based on a generally true occurrence. Anne was very sickly and quirky. Lady Marlborough was a close confidante and Marlborough's cousin was a lady at court. Much of the specifics are made up.

The film is overall entertaining, the main positive is the costume and set design. The outfits are excellent. They give a feel for the aristocracy and wealth that the characters have but also a sense of the grime of the times (the makeup and awful wigs...) Although Coleman was good as Queen Anne, I don't see why this particular performance deserved an Oscar. Maybe because she managed to be wretched and sympathetic at the same time. (Or, knowing Hollywood, the fact that she is portrayed as a Lesbian made her performance a liberal political issue and, therefore, she just had to win.)

Every character in the film is unlikeable. It is a dark comedy with mostly heartless personalities (and weird, recurring single note music at times). If you like that kind of thing you might like the film.

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SirWhiskers
Mar 12, 2019

Five stars for the performances, one star for the story. With a few minor exceptions, the characters are needlessly cruel, almost to the point of caricature. Though the trailers made it appear to be a humorous romp, it's depressing and dystopian, especially the ending. Not one I'll watch again despite some truly brilliant performances.

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Basile01
Mar 12, 2019

Comédie noire et mordante très réussie. Le trio d'actrices en vedette est superbe (surtout Olivia Colman - elle a grandement mérité son Oscar). Si vous vous attendez à une production historique genre 'Masterpiece Theatre', vous allez être décus par ce film.

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singidunum_25
Mar 09, 2019

Weird character driven period drama. Not my cup of tea.

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excaliburrom
Feb 06, 2019

A must watch, flawless film. Amazing performances, amazing costumes and sets, the period is gorgeous and strange. Loved every second of this complicated, weird, delightful film.

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