The Favourite surrounds an ill and fragile Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) whose closest companion, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), is actually calling the shots. Once Sarah’s cousin, Abigail (Emma Stone), comes to the palace in need of a job, her and the Queen develop a close relationship. Both cousins suddenly find themselves in competition on who is Queen Anne’s “favorite.”
This film is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, and if you aren’t aware of his work, he makes weird yet thought provoking films like The Lobster (which I’m a huge fan of). This film is less thought provoking, and absurd in many ways (but a good type of absurd). I was taken by surprise on how hilarious this movie is. Olivia Colman does fantastic as Queen Anne, and even if the Queen is in a wheelchair and is not dressed properly, she must get what she wants. It’s also really fun to see Stone and Weisz’s characters go at it, both characters are cunning, so they manipulate each other as well as try to one up the other in order to get the Queen’s favor.