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Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite is a Devilishly Enchanting Satire

SDiFF 2018

The Favourite was not what I expected. This isn’t classic Yorgos Lanthimos, this is a whole new, more whimsical Yorgos Lanthimos, approached parallel to his usual sinister, vexing, and twisted spirit. In full hindsight, this more comedic and less calamitous manner ended with me completely and whole-heartedly digging it. And when I say, The Favourite is more cheer and juvenile than his previous work, I’m not inferring that Lanthimos loses his infamous psychologically poignant gift in this, I’m just inferring that it’s done in a much more subtle way, hidden by cynical buffoonery. 

At the time being, I would claim that this isn’t my favorite—sorry—favourite of Lanthimos’s filmography—The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer still holds that spot dearly to my heart—but I would doubtlessly claim that The Favourite is by a long-shot, Lanthimos’s most gratifying and crowd-pleasing film. I did not expect to had had such a blast with this movie. Not only is it funny as hell, but the comradery and rivalry between Emma Stone’s character and Rachel Weisz’s character—both who by the way, give the most dexterous performances of this entire year—was just too much fun to take in. And Olivia Colman’s performance as the Queen…comical perfection. 

The atmospherical tone of this movie also is one of the many aspects that won me over. It reputed like an old-fashioned, 1-on-1, battle of the minds movie, just with touches of Lanthimos’s typical synthetic stylizations. It’s the cherry on the top of this shrewd satire. 

The Favourite might not be as poetically relevant to today’s society like The Lobster, or as traumatizingly stirring like The Killing of a Sacred Deer, but it is a playful piece of mental spectacle that is oddly bone-crushing, yet, pleasing, all at once. Loved nearly every second of it. Bravo, once again Sir Lanthimos. (Verdict: A) 

Some good’old Yorgos Lanthimos rapid-fire-pan shots are all I need in my life. 

Also, the character delivery in The Favourite doesn’t sound super robotic like it has in Lanthimos’s previous films. I understand that this technique has bothered countless of viewers in the past before, so The Favourite actually might suit you if you weren’t a fan of his other material because of that reason alone. 

This Movie is a Part of My List: The Best Films of 2018

“The Favourite” will be released in theaters November 23, 2018.

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