‘The Favourite’

Winner of a slew of international awards (with more undoubtedly to come, including Golden Globes and Oscars), The Favourite is a delicious ribald entertainment of power struggles at the 18th century English court of Queen Anne.

A petulant, gout-suffering Anne (a magnificent Olivia Colman – The Lobster, Hyde Park on Hudson) may be Queen but the real power lies in the hands of a suffer-no-fools Lady Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz – The Constant Gardener, The Lobster). But when a penniless distant cousin of Sarah’s (Emma Stone – La La Land, Birdman) arrives at the palace, a battle for the royal favour ensues.

The off-kilter humour is exactly what you’d expect from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Lobster) as the three powerhouses lock horns – leaving the political power struggles of Whips and Tories and England’s war with France as some minor distraction.

Rating: 86%

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