"Yorgos Lanthimos's new film offers heaps of royal intrigue, a stellar cast, and a zany sense of humor. Yorgos Lanthimos, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Olivia Colman. Enough said, right? But wait, there's more! Lanthimos's new period film, The Favourite, looks to be rich with royal excess — and, yes, a hint of madness, particularly from Olivia Colman's Queen Anne." (Vanity Fair)
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.
"Bathed in a score of Vivaldi, Bach, and Purcell, it's Lanthimos's most watchable movie to date, and also his best. The Favourite is a triumph in textures, a beam of light through a window." (Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic)
"It's one of the best movies of the year, and it's a must-see in theaters for its incredible performances and artistic look from costumes to set to cinematography. It will hopefully get nominated for many Oscars." (Carrie Wittmer, Business Insider)
"Is this the first Yorgos Lanthimos film that can be called genuinely fun?" (Katie Rufe, AV Club)