The Favourite

The Favourite

Blu-ray Disc - 2019 | Blu-ray version, 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: Los Angeles, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Blu-ray version, widescreen version
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY F DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,DTS-HD MA 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,Blu-ray,region A,1080p high definition

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JCLCassandraG Jul 19, 2019

OMG the comments section for this movie is my favorite page on Bibliocommons. Only great art can inspire such vitriol. Yes, this movie is based on old rumors but the rumors have some very believable basis in correspondence and anyway what's really the best part of this movie is that it's a great workplace comedy. This is a movie about fighting for scraps (an unwinnable game), something that women of the 18th century knew all too well and a truth of the time that is more vital that any kind of historically accurate wallpaper or turn of phrase. You're gonna need an open mind, mildly freaky soul, and a sense of humor otherwise your local library has 1000 hours of Masterpiece Theater to catch up on ;)

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ziggydelor
Jul 18, 2019

Disturbing! I enjoyed watching this film, but it left a bad taste of how people treat each other. Sometimes comical, but mostly perverted.

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bakeswell
Jul 16, 2019

strange & beautiful film depicting early 18th-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 — a mashup of Hatfield House, Hampton Court Palace, and the Bodleian Library — lighted only by natural light & candles. three top actresses put through their intimate paces by European director unafraid to celebrate the grotesqueries of human behavior.

some things are true: Lady Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) was Queen Anne's (Olivia Colman) inseparable favourite until she was unseated by her cousin Abigail (Emma Stone). some things, probably not: a pet rabbit for every one of Anne's 17 miscarried babies. director Yorgos Lanthimos shows us Anne's sufferings from gout (very true) and also her loneliness, fondness for the company of women, and intuitive grasp of rulership. a bit of a female King Ubu. vulgar yet regal when called for. an absurdist study in power behind-the-scenes.

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"!

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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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