I'm glad there's a thread for this. I LOVED it. I'm a sucker for period films in a royal setting so I knew I would see this when I saw the trailer, but I'm still surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It felt very fresh, original and funny. Some royal stories are just paint by numbers adaptations but The Favourite is a film where I feel like I can say that I haven't seen a movie quite like it.
If I were to compare it to another movie, I guess The Madness of King George comes to mind. I can see a few surface similarities there but both movies have qualities that are totally their own .
The humor really sold me and the language feels very modern but not in a way that feels like it's trying to pander to the lowest common denominator.
The shooting scenes were fun and really gave Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone a chance to shine.
Olivia Coleman was terrific. She's funny and alternates between being clueless and occasionally sharp. She has some level of self awareness, but being the monarch insulates her from have to deal with any genuine introspection. On the surface she has some things that people would enjoy having. Money, power, a palace, servants at her beck and call, a best friend she can confide in and have fun with, etc. On the other hand, it's easy to see why she's completely miserable. She's lonely, she's in constant physical pain, she has no family left, she endured 17 pregnancies but has no surviving children to show for it, and she's only in contact with people who are on her payroll or who want to use her for their own reasons. (Sometimes it's both when it comes to people like Abigail or the Marlboroughs.)
I'm curious to know what people think about that ending.