Why to Watch - The Favourite

A fictionalized portrayal of a real rivalry between the Queen’s two most important assistants. This is a quirky story with beautiful 18th century England as its setting. You might enjoy it more than you’d think.



The Favourite (2018) Biography, Comedy, Drama, History | 119min | December 21, 2018 (United States) 7.5
Director: Yorgos LanthimosWriter: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamaraStars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel WeiszSummary: Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. —Fox Searchlight Pictures


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