The Favourite

"Consistently, relentlessly hilarious, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are on top form in this deranged court comedy." ★★★★★ Independent

Showing Times

Wed 27 Mar 13:30

This screening is with Hard of Hearing subtitles.  These include information like *plane passes overhead* and will be a boon for some but may be too much information for others.

Oscar winner:  Best Actress, Olivia Colman

Bawdy, bilious, bitchy and hilarious - that's The Favourite, and it sports not just one but three outstanding performances.  In this 'mainly true' historical account Olivia Colman is Queen Anne, a petulant, volatile, vulnerable child-woman of a monarch who is happy to leave much of the business of ruling to her dear, dear friend Sara, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz).  Sara needs to raise enough money for the Royal coffers to fund her husband's (Mark Gatiss) costly and unpopular war with the French.  Into this rat's nest of schemes and self-interest lands (literally, in the mud) Sara's cousin, Abigail (Emma Stone).  Abigail is fallen on hard times and when her knowledge of poultices gains her access to the goutey Queen, she seizes the chance to endear herself, by whatever means necessary.  What follows is an exultant bitchfest of the highest order, riotously played out in frills and furbelows! 

Auteur Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Killing of the Sacred Deer) has a field day with such scabrous material, and Olivia Colman just won 'Best Actress' at the Golden Globes.  The often obscene script by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara is tighter than a French letter, in the vernacular of the piece; the extravagant costumes are punkly period; and the soundtrack moves smoothy from Bach and Handel to club music.  The greatest honours must surely go to the trio of actors at the helm, though, particularly Olivia Colman who won't be allowed any such creative excess in her next role, as Queen Elizabeth II.  We think we know which prespective on monarchy we enjoy more.  Much more!


Film Information

119 mins

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