The Favourite – 7

A hysterical drama of little historical import, featuring lush scenery, gorgeous costumes and three actors at the top of their games: Emma Stone, Olivia Coleman and Rachel Weisz. Unfortunately, the characters they play aren’t very nice and they get progressively more unpleasant as the story unfolds, leaving one with no one to root for or particularly enjoy. (Cf., e.g., “Downton Abbey,” where so many of the characters worm their way into viewers’ hearts.) And as I mentioned, there isn’t much to the story beyond the interplay of the three women. (Note: Emma Stone is the principal catalyst as well as eponymous character; why she is award-nominated as “featured” while Coleman is “leading” may not be a mystery but is hard to accept.)

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