Black Friday. When the shopping’s all done, it’s time to watch the movies. Got done earlier than expected, rearranged my schedule and ran out to see The Favourite. Y’all remember Yorgos Lanthimos? He’s the quirky director dude behind The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Now he’s following up the romcom and the thriller with a period piece. He may be one of the few who can get me excited for a film in that genre.
Olivia Colman plays Queen Anne of England, who leaves most of the ruling to her trusted friend Sarah (Rachel Weitz). All is well and good (relatively) until Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) shows up on the scene, hoping to work her way back up the rungs of society, creating her own All About Eve scheme, centuries before anyone knew anything about Bette Davis Eyes.
I was with it for the first half or so. More than with it, perfectly delighted watching this film. Lanthimos’ unique sense of humor provided such a fun twist on the time, with a strange sense of humor that would have been unexpected from anyone else. It was a blast watching our three leading ladies toy with each other and scheme and backstab and everything else that’s fun.
Then about halfway thru, I just lost interest. Maybe the novelty wore off, or maybe it just kept going on the same track for too long. I did later hear that Lanthimos did not write the screenplay himself, so that could account for why the excitement of it dropped. I went from eating up every second of dialog for just waiting for it all to be over so I could go to my next movie on the list. Such a bummer, and I’m still trying to figure out what happened. Maybe too much shopping in the early AM?
The Favourite – \m/ \m/ \n