Emma Stone - Abigail
Rachel Weisz - Lady Sarah
Olivia Colman - Queen Anne
Nicholas Hoult - Harley
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
When you have three of the most skilled actresses in Stone, Weisz and Coleman showcasing their skills you expect to see not acting but magic and that's what you get. Coleman just won the best actress golden globe award although I felt that it should have been gone to Stone for the sheer amount of screen time she occupies, nevertheless, the audiences are blessed to see this three titans of actresses really showcasing their amazing skills. The three women do a really good job of playing the wolf in a sheep clothing theme. Character development was spot on although the story could have been better. The costumes and cinematography were really good but what lets it down is the ending. Director Lanthimos is well known for his underwhelming ending and this follows here too. Beside this, I do felt that the movie lost its plot halfway through as it felt a bit long. With such acting talent at the director's disposal, I do felt that the film could have been much more.
The central themes of the movie which in my opinion is all about women, power, sexuality and grief. It really revolves around how these all are portrayed by these three women who are all locked in there own situational prison. It is nice to get a glimpse of how women were treated back in the day and how far they have come along. Back in the day, women's weapon was her beauty, sexuality and her family standings. The society back then was male-dominated. Women had to use all her powers and connections in order to survive. The strange thing is that in 2019 even though we are living in a gender equality times but yet women still feel that they need to use there sexuality and looks in order to get something. It could be that it has been ingrained there DNA but it was interesting to see this similarity between the film's set period and now. End of the day it's three leading characters who are all women and they are all trying to be happy and content. There are moments which truly moves the audience example of how Colman's character deals with 17 miscarriages. One miscarriage is tough in a modern day woman but to deal with 17 is truly remarkable. Besides this, the concept of how power corrupts even the most innocent is vividly portrayed and played perfectly by Stone. One underlying message what I have noticed is the portrayal of the male. In the age of gender-neutral when masculinity and femininity are both under attack, this film goes further. Even though that the three central characters are female but their force is such that the male characters are portrayed as nothing but a sideshow, this is clearly reflected by the interactions between Stone and her husband where he can't even seduce her but in turn, gets seduced and is a complete impotent on there wedding night. This is the first movie that I have seen where men are reduced to nothing but a toy doll who spends there days making themselves feminine. In conclusion, I would thoroughly recommend this movie to all go and see, it is entertaining with amazing acting skills on show albeit a bit too long
Value for money 3/5
'The Favourite' can be compared to 'Mother!'. They have a very similar montage, very chaotic, without any logical order, or maybe there is some logic behind it I just can't see it. Another similarity was music, disturbing, unsettling violin charivari. And the last thing is those terrible scenes full of dirt, naked bodies, dead animals and in general depressing stuff. Having said that though I thought that acting was pretty brilliant, Emma Stone should win Oscar for that role.
For me, this movie was about how power corrupts people who are not ready to be in charge. The queen was very easily influenced by Rachel Weisz, she basically trusted her so much that Weisz was making all war decisions. The queen thought that Weisz loves her but in reality, she was just using her to have her way and to support her husband who was one of the army generals. Emma Stone just simply wanted to come back to the rich, privileged life. After losing all the money Stone knew she needs to impress the queen to climb the ladder of power. Stone was the smartest out of all of them, that's why she quickly progressed and soon became the queen's lover. You could argue that this kind of love/hate triangle was specific in the olden times, but I think that this is something which is very present nowadays. This is visible in the showbiz, on youtube, Instagram or just around people who have a lot of money or power. People have a lot of resources, never know if somebody genuinely likes them for who they are or just want to get something more out of them. The other side of this movie that the same people with money/power can use the rest of their 'friends' the way the queen did. So basically nobody who in this kind of world is free of vanity and nobody in this world is good, or if they are at some point they will get corrupted.
Value for money 3/5
Who to go with? Friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband
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