STAY THE FIGHT! STRENGTH, EFFORT, AND DISCIPLINE. THESE ARE THE WATCH WORDS OF A WARRIOR -- Kevin Michael Vance
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STAY THE FIGHT! STRENGTH, EFFORT, AND DISCIPLINE. THESE ARE THE WATCH WORDS OF A WARRIOR -- Kevin Michael Vance
STAY THE FIGHT! STRENGTH, EFFORT, AND DISCIPLINE. THESE ARE THE WATCH WORDS OF A WARRIOR -- Kevin Michael Vance

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Title: THE FAVOURITE
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Year: 2018
Reviewed: March 12, 2019

Rating:   Four Course Meal-Highest Rating
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  THE FAVOURITE

I loved this movie! It is wonderfully scripted and directed. The women, all of them, are forces of nature; from the gorgeous young Emma Stone, to the always breath-taking Rachel Weisz, to the consummate Olivia Coleman. You cannot take your eyes off them when they are on screen. No wonder Olivia Coleman won best actress. She most definitely deserved it.

With that said, and the full knowledge that I will be giving this film a FOUR COURSE MEAL review, there were some missteps. And I think all of them were made by the director. There are modern contrivances throughout the movie, and they are, quite simply, contrived. Yorgos is an interesting director, who makes weird movies (see my reviews for "The Lobster", and "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"). Where the weirdness is so much a part of "The Lobster" you cannot tell fiction from fact, in "The Favourite" it is most definitely forced; which inevitably draws me out of the story. There are a number of twentieth century profanities scattered throughout. However, none of this takes too much precedence, thereby lessening the films impact. Furthermore, those aforementioned performances are simply to powerful for any minor lack of realism to negate their positive effect. This is Lanthimos' most linear story to date, and it's also based upon a person who actually lived in 18th century England.

Stumbles yes. Minor discrepancies... uh huh. None of this can diminish the amazing job all three women achieved. "The Favourite" gets my highest review a FOUR COURSE MEAL review.
   



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