before stuffing yourself with pastries and “Furious Jump” with Mark Ruffalo Emma Stone, who played Bella Baxter in “Poor Things,” teamed up with Lanthimos and “Poor Things” writer Tony McNamara for “The Favourite.” The 2018 period piece centers on Abigail Masham (Stone), a financially impoverished young woman determined to become the court favorite of the Queen Mother (Olivia Colman), and is followed by Sarah Churchill (Rachel, Duchess of Marlborough), the ailing Anne’s right-hand cousin Weisz). -hand woman and special lover.
Like other Lanthimos films, the setting of “The Favorite” follows its own rules. There is no such thing as foul play in Queen Anne’s court when it comes to your superiors; As we see when Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, and Earl Mortimer (Nicholas Hoult, extremely dirty) casually push Abigail down a hill. midnight, or Sarah shooting a gun at Abigail in the middle of a “friendly” afternoon at the shooting range. Unfortunately, Abigail proves to be a much more cunning and ruthless rival for Sarah than she expected. Likewise, “The Favorite” allowed Stone to subvert her cute girl-next-door image, kicking off her current trend of playing complicated and often off-putting oddballs (which is all the better for us).
As much as I love “Poor Things,” his deranged Frankenstein-esque story of redemption (An idea in line with Lanthimos’ other works), I think “The Favorite” might still be my favorite of his films. Just three people – including Colman, a well-deserved Oscar winner – get into the dirt (and when the opportunity merits it, get down and dirty) as they vie to dominate each other. With his sharp intelligence and observations about relationships and power dynamics, Lanthimos is as pure as his films.