The Favourite

The Favourite

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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Early eighteenth-century England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her friend Lady Sarah tends to her ill health. When a new servant Abigail arrives, Sarah takes her under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become time-consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps in to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their growing friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions, and no one will stand in her way.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Blu-ray widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (119 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
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DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby digital 5.1
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region A, rdare
Alternative Title: Favorite [dvd]


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A bit peculiar and unorthodox period drama. If it's close to the real story, it's quite shocking. My biggest problem was with the ending and some of the film-making techniques - the use of the fish-eye lens in particular. That aside, some splendid performances. Weird but worth a look.

Jun 15, 2019

An inventive, somewhat bizarre film, The Favourite is undeserving of all the vitriol thrown its way in the comments here. Perhaps I had low expectations. I thought, I'll give it 20 minutes then turn it off if I'm bored, and I never was. This interpretation of history may not be factually accurate, but you can tell truth with fiction and that's what the viewer gets here. The political machinations and personal vendettas we see in the West today are an old, old story. Come for the Oscar-worthy performances. Stay for the WTF-ery.

Jun 14, 2019

Period piece with an air of authenticity. It was a good movie and it made me glad I wasn't born during that time period.

Jun 11, 2019

This movie despite it's awards sucked. A sick, repulsive, and sexually offensive 'historical" drama that despite it's great actors was unwatchable. I'm no prude but man o man this grossed me out.

Jun 10, 2019

Simply awful. Over-sexed, perverted, tawdry, far-fetched simply unbelievable as well as not based on any hard facts. Skip it and be glad you were spared.

Jun 07, 2019

Do to comment warnings I'm letting this hold go to the next victim thank you very much.

m__c Jun 06, 2019

This film certainly is divisive. Judging by all the low ratings, this movie is clearly not for everyone. I actually liked it quite a lot! To be clear, this is historical fiction. Having seen and enjoyed The Lobster (The Favourite and The Lobster are both directed by Yorgos Lanthimos), I figured I was in for a bizarre film, and that ended up being true. The Favourite is funny at times and very dramatic in general. The story centers upon the relationship between the three female leads; the competition to win favor with Queen Anne by Abigail, and the mounting need to stay in favor by Sarah. I thought that all the acting in this movie was superb; everyone delivered, even those with smaller roles. The titles of the acts lend to the absurd tone, and most of the comedy is weird; I felt as though I was watching a circus. The fish eye lens adds to that effect. It's entertaining, but I was also highly aware of the abusive, manipulative behavior that most of the characters display and endure. Characters are sympathetic at times, and disgusting at other times. I don't know if I'd say that there are any likeable characters in this film. I'd recommend this movie to those who enjoy odd films and are ok with cursing and sexual content. If you were looking for a classic, beautiful period film based mostly in truth, I don't think you will find what you are looking for in this movie.

Jun 04, 2019

Disgusting. The foul language, the movie earns a X rating.
After watching I read some of the history of Queen Anne. This movie certainly took license.
I don't recommend this to anyone but the perverse.

Jun 03, 2019

Absolutely horrible movie and a terrible distortion of history. I've learned to never trust a movie that gets Oscar nominations. What has happened to Hollywood movies?

May 27, 2019

We were bored to tears. The costumes and sets were good which was the only positive thing I can say about the movie. Wish I had read the comments first and skipped the movie. Don't understand how such a movie could be nominated for an Academy Award, which was why I watched it.

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Mar 29, 2019

40 good quotes in IMDb. The writing is edgy and quirky as this one:

Abigail: Have you come to seduce me, or rape me?
Masham: I am a gentleman.
Abigail: So, rape then.

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