The story of the The Favouriteis 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 Show, my 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.
Director Yorgos Lanthimos’s (The Lobster, 2015) latest film is a period piece that stars Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Coleman, Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn.
Set in early 18th century England, Lady Sarah – the close friend of a frail Queen Anne steps in to govern England. New servant Abigail arrives and her charm endears her to Sarah…
I’m in because the cast is great. I’m in to hear Emma Stone’s English accent and for the delightful madness that is characteristic of a Lanthimos movie. I’m also definitely in for the costume. Yes, definitely the costume!
The boundaries of faith and sexuality are explored in Disobedience, a new drama / romance that stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.
Directed and co-written by Sebastián Lelio, Weisz plays a woman who returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend…
I generally enjoy the work of the stars of this movie and I can’t wait to see everything come together well creatively. I also like that Disobedience is set in England. If I’m hearing correctly, Rachel MacAdams appears to be speaking in a British accent.
Anton Lesser, Nicholas Woodeson and Alexis Zegerman also star.
The Mercy is the story of Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, whose disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea…
I’ll be watching to learn more about the kind of ‘madness’ that drives one to leave their wife and young children behind, to go a on a dangerous solo adventure with a 50/ 50 chance of survival. Particularly an adventure that doesn’t appear to be of benefit to the family left behind.
I of course also want to know about how far Crowhurst took the lies he started telling about his progress.
The Light Between Oceansis directed by Derek Cianfrance and based on M.L. Stedman’s novel about a couple raising the baby they rescued from a drifting rowing boat. The performances from Rachel Weisz, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are all good.
For me, The Light Between Oceans is a beautiful romance. Though definitely heartbreaking and featuring a number of morally questionable acts, the idea of the love between the lead characters as portrayed by Fassbender and Vikander is beautiful.
On account of the repercussions that resulted out of the questionable acts in this movie, by the end I was well and truly reminded of the importance of properly thinking through the options we allow ourselves to be coerced into choosing. Especially when the blindness of love and an all-consuming desperation are thrown into the mix. This, for me is a highlight of this film. I also very much enjoyed Vikander’s character’s forwardness in regards to her love life. Refreshing is one word for it.
On balance, I can’t say that I was able to enjoy The Light Between Oceans as much as I could have and that’s partly because the trailer revealed too much, which in turn contributed to the end result being quite unexciting. I suppose what I may never know is just how much more thrilling I may have found this movie had I never seen the trailer.
Watch it if you absolutely must. Just don’t misremember that I said you absolutely should.
Movies are, when done well a beautiful amalgamation of all the arts; music, photography, design, dialogue, all of it. Starring Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz and Holliday Grainger, the trailer for My Cousin Rachel looks like a very promising cocktail of all the above. Featuring great use of Ursine Vulpine‘s cover of Chris Isaac’s ‘Wicked Game’ and imagery so engaging that I was forced to sit up and pay attention, I very badly want this movie to be good. So good that it lives up to the expectations of all those who read and loved the best-selling Daphne du Maurier novel on which it’s based. If you haven’t already seen the trailer, work your way through the following beautiful images and there it shall be at the end…
My Cousin Rachel, the latest movie from Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger and Iain Glen is based on the best selling novel by Daphne Du Maurier. It’s a story of a an Englishman intent on revenge on his cousin Rachel but matters get complicated as he finds himself falling under her spell…
How could I not tune in with such a reliable cast and such promising cinematography. The beautiful song in this trailer is a version of Chris Isaac’s brilliant ‘Wicked Game.’ I believe this version is by Ursine Vulpine ft Annaca. Good choice trailer maker!
In Complete Unknown which stars Michael Shannon, Rachel Weisz and Kathy Bates, Weisz’s character is a woman who likes to regularly change her identity and start over…
Based on what I’ve seen so far, the character played by Weisz already kind of annoys me – I’m guessing because of her perceived selfishness. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to understand her.