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THE FAVOURITE (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Favourite (2018), Olivia Colman
The Favourite (2018), Olivia Colman

The story of the The Favourite is set in the 18th century and centres on England’s Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), whose close friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) steps in to govern England because the queen is too frail. 

Director Yorgos Lanthimos’s film starts off relatively pleasantly even though the atmosphere is quite tense. The tension continues and things take a darker turn as the true motivations of the key players surrounding  the queen begin to emerge. As a result, I find myself feeling more and more sorry for Anne, especially in her unfortunately frail state and considering the tragedies she’s already endured.

Woven in with the tension and darkness is humour which I enjoyed and a noticeable amount of definitely gratuitous but also well placed profanity. I liked the central performances by Coleman, Weisz and Emma Stone. I’ve never seen Stone’s generally very sweet looking face and big beautiful eyes take quite the less than sweet look they do in this movie. As for Coleman, I always knew she was capable with comedy (Peep Showmy favourite sitcom of all time) and she really does well in this heartbreaking dramatic role. No wonder she’s already won the Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture.

The makeup and 18th century costumes on both the men and women did well in delivering some fun and entertainment. Especially considering that many men walked around in massive wigs, quite a lot of makeup and ladies, especially the queen wore dresses with rather puffy sleeves and skirts. 

The Favourite is not at the top of my list as far as movies about British royalty are concerned but I did have a good time. Watch it because it’s generally good and who knows, you might love it, even more so if you like rabbits.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE LOBSTER (2015): It’s Good & You May Be Surprised…

The Lobster (2015), Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz
The Lobster (2015), Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz

Starring Colin Farrell, and Rachel Weisz, The Lobster is a sci-fi/ comedy/ romance set in a world that looks like earth but there are very different rules that govern how to live. One rule being, you have to live in a couple. If single you’re sent to a hotel where you’ll have 45 days to find a partner. Should you fail to do so, you get turned into an animal of your choosing.

‘Delightfully nuts’ were the words that came to mind when I first saw the trailer for The Lobster. After experiencing The Lobster I’d say that my words were accurate.

There is one thing I didn’t expect and that is just how dark the film actually gets. I found myself very happily amused from the start to around half way through. Then the darkness sets in and I basically didn’t laugh again until very close to the end.

The Lobster (2015), John C. Reilly
The Lobster (2015), John C. Reilly

The film’s trailer led me to expect more humour than, dare I say, horror. So I found myself somewhat disappointed with the end result. Not to say that The Lobster isn’t good because it’s true what many critics have said, the writing and the concept is original. The film is generally well executed and the movie is funny. I simply just had more fun during the funny moments and much less fun during the dark phase.

The people who love horror and comedy, maybe in equal measure are the one who will have the best time. My favourite thing about writer/ director Yorgos Lanthimos’ movie is that you can hardly accurately guess where the plot will take you next and that, as I’m sure you know is very rare indeed.

Also starring John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Coleman, Ben Whishaw and Ashley Jensen, watch The Lobster for the humour and the element of difference. Just don’t expect to laugh throughout. If I’m really honest, there actually isn’t that much stopping me from properly labelling The Lobster as a ‘comedy/ horror’ film. However, I am generally quite the wuss, so…

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE LOBSTER (2015): Trailer Of The Week

The Lobster (2015), Colin Farrell
The Lobster (2015), Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell’s latest…

Delightfully nuts seems like the perfect phrase. I can’t wait to see how things turn out for Farrell’s character. Though, perhaps the title of the movie may have given it away.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, the rest of the cast includes Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Lea Seydoux and Ben Whishaw.

Personally, I’d want to be a Snow Leopard. You?

Release Dates: October 16th 2015 (US & UK)

Happy The Lobster 🙂

G