The Favourite

The Favourite

DVD - 2019
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Early eighteenth-century England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her friend Lady Sarah tends to her ill health. When a new servant Abigail arrives, Sarah takes her under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become time-consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps in to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their growing friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions, and no one will stand in her way.

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iplay2
May 22, 2019

I have no idea why anyone would think that there is anything comical about this movie. There is nothing funny about it in the least. It is actually a serious drama. As such, it is also confusing to portray Queen Anne as a woman who appears to have early onset dementia. She did not. The acting and production values are very good. However, I found the movie boring and absurd, but not absurd in a humorous way. Had they made a movie about the actual political situation in England during the reign of Queen Anne it would have been much more interesting.

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Ephriam
May 22, 2019

Not impressed.

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grenoble11
May 21, 2019

On a recommendation from a friend, I watched this film. My initial reaction was, “Oh no, a period piece.” Overall, I found it entertaining, and burst out laughing a number of times. It was comical, absurd, and ridiculous. The scenes filmed with a fish-eye lens were initially distracting but lend to the skewed perception of the characters and storytelling. Pretty costumes and sets. Note that this film is probably not for those who take themselves or British dramas too seriously.

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JackamoJames
May 20, 2019

Quite a wicked little film..if you are offended by sexual overtones and will led English humour then stay clear. I wish Olivia is Coleman had more to do especially as an oscar winner for lead actress. It is a story about two subordinates vying for the affection of their queen and at times rather vulgar in a very humorous British way. Not for everyone but a different kind of period piece that is done very well.

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Claire_Anne
May 19, 2019

Dark and depressing with themes of revenge and ass-kissing. Really a terrible movie. This is not a comedy. It's also quite dull.

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PearlyKayAm1
May 14, 2019

The first hour was fairly interesting and the 2nd hour dragged on and on and on.

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B00ks2go
May 11, 2019

WORST choreography in the history of film making. The sets were beyond beautiful and so rich and detailed--so the directer ruined some of them with a fish-eye lens. The acting was bad--but mostly because the script was unbearably badly written. If you are a nasty, mean-girl teen who hates all things British and just want to say horrid things about England's aristocracy, this is the movie for you. Otherwise, I suggest you don't waste your time on it. (Homophobes should not make movies in which they re-imagine history to make long dead people gay. And how did it become okay to make fun of people who suffer multiple crippling diseases?)

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matcat44
May 09, 2019

We went to see this film and hated it. Could not understand the Oscar nomination.

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pope224
May 08, 2019

This movie was hardly comical, and I wish they had given a better description of what the movie was about. I turned it off when Queen Anne and Lady Sarah began a sexual relationship. Clearly not my kind of movie, it was disgusting!

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ninica
May 05, 2019

I enjoyed this one. Although it's a period movie, it doesn't feel like a period movie. It's really unique, from the unique angles used, to costumes and language used. History lovers will probably be appalled at the inaccuracy of it all, but I believe the purpose of this film was to focus on the characters - which are very human. It's an analysis, a study, of human behaviour. Not one person is 100% good, nor 100% bad. Our behaviours are dictated by the situations we find ourselves in. Just because one thinks of oneself as innocent and incapable of harm doesn't mean one isn't capable of such deeds, especially if one feels threatened. Very interesting. But not a movie I'd wanna watch over and over again.

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2019

40 good quotes in IMDb. The writing is edgy and quirky as this one:

Abigail: Have you come to seduce me, or rape me?
Masham: I am a gentleman.
Abigail: So, rape then.

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