The Favourite

Showing: Saturday 18th May 2019 at 8pm 
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
Venue: Newcastle Community Cinema
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 1hr 59min
Cert: 15

As at time of writing, “THE FAVOURITE” already sits very pretty as by far one of the most feted films of 2018; with BAFTA’S & many other awards packed under its’ garter belt, plus no less than 10 Academy nods, making it joint most nominated film with “ROMA”. Not bad going, for this elegant period comedy-drama – the “farce with teeth”, as one critic labelled it.  

Bursting with talent, particularly the universally lauded performances from Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and a scene-stealing lead from new “National Treasure”™ Olivia Coleman as Princess Anne, “THE FAVOURITE” bristles with dark humour & pitch-perfect theatrics – bawdy, barbed brilliance from director Yorgos Lanthimos. A playful yet prickly study of deception, misplaced loyalty and batty royals; the world of “THE FAVOURITE”, a world of rabbits & pineapples (!) is a sickly place to visit, but incredibly enjoyable, like eating a big bar of chocolate all at once.   With not 1, not 2, but 3 masterful female performances at the helm, this is a beloved modern classic already, that barely puts a stockinged foot wrong

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