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The Favourite

1hr 59mins
Directed by
Yorgos Lanthimos
Olivia Colman,
Rachel Weisz,
Emma Stone

The new film from The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone.

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 Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (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 fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

Review Text

Critic's Pick! A wildly entertaining, bracingly cynical comedy of royal manners directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Review Author
A.O. Scott
Review Publication
New York Times
Review Text

Expect Oscar to bow down to Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and the mighty Olivia Colman as Queen Anne for bringing a #MeToo punch to 18th-century British politics.

Review Author
Peter Travers
Review Publication
Rolling Stone
Review Text

Plays like All About Eve as filtered through The Draughtman's Contract, where everyone from the servants to the queen herself is playing the game and manipulating others to get what they want.

Review Author
Alonso Duralde
Review Publication
The Wrap