It’s safe to say that Direcor Yorgoa Lanthimos’ The Favourite is in no way my favorite film of the year. In fact, except for some excellent performances by Rachel Weitz and Olivia Colman, the film is too long, eventually too boring and has a terrible ending.
Despite that, Olivia Colman may earn a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Queen Anne of England and Fiona Crombie could be nominated for Production Design.
The story involves two cousins, (Weitz and Emma Stone) vying for the favor of the Queen. Both are reprehensible and, therefore, the viewer doesn’t care who wins and gets tired of their bickering.
Cinematographer Robbie Ryan uses some “fish-eye” wandering camera techniques that are out of touch with time period and, therefore, annoying. The constant vomiting of characters on screen is gross. And, after a while, the film seems a director’s self-indulgence.
The more I think about it, this is a film to skip.
Nevertheless, I give The Favourite a 3.3 out of 5, mostly for the worthy performances of Weitz and Colman.