A Look Back At The Oscar Nominees : The Pretentious Period Piece Known As The Favourite
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I want to start off by saying that I respect the craft of filmmaking and everyone that puts forth work in the medium I know everyone works hard to make an entertaining movie, therefore it pains me to say that the favorite is the weakest film out of all of this years best picture film. This film was so hard to get through not because of the story but the performances put forth here are just utterly terrible.
The Favourite is a 2018 historical period black comedy drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. It is a co-production by producers in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Set in early 18th century England, the story examines the relationship between two cousins vying to be court favourites of Queen Anne. It stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, and Joe Alwyn.
Now I’ve seen this movie three times each time I have seen it I just wanted to watch it to see if I was missing something now keep in mind I’m not saying no one should check this movie out or anything however this is just my personal opinion on this film. This picture wasn’t made for me I have a distaste of people telling what I’m watching and this film constantly tries to overexaggerate it’s preteniousness through it’s performances and shotty dialogue. I love all the actresses but this movie did not fit their performances at all. The film presents us with questions and comments that are vague, some for the art of it being vague with no purpose then the performances gradually just become annoying and never enthralled me at all. The script tries to sound smart but it explains itself immediately after showing that it doesn’t trust it’s own writing.
The positives of the film were the production value was high class every scene was gorgeous to look at. The cinematography was astounding and reserved. The score kicked in at the right moments but lingered a bit, the costume design was also beautiful and did well to capture the time the story is set other than that that’s where my positivist for the picture ends.
Now on to the things I didn’t enjoy as much in regards to the picture. Starting with the cast, Olivia Coleman, although I love her as an actress all she does is throw tantrums scene after scene, giving off a more style performance with no meat or substance, except for the fact that the film uses a certain reveal as a forced quota in the film. Rachel Weisz, was the typical ringleader who pulled all the strings and her story was a yawn. Emma Stone was the only character in the film that really had me on board, because the film made me root for her. She started with her humble beginnings such as her scene in the kitchen which kind of made her character stand out due to the fact her innocence mixed with her humility really made her a great character. However throughout the film she slowly turns into this monstrosity who I honestly stop caring about throughout the second act. She fell into a second rate version of the Weisz character, but worse somehow.
In closing, I just didn’t care for this film and to me this personifies that stereotypical reason why people don’t go to these movies because the movie itself excludes people by selling the idea of a higher concept with low quality. I can not recommend the film and have toted it has taken the Last Airbender’s spot as the worst film I have ever seen. That’s just me, tell me what you thought of the film if you see it. comment down below.
Written By William Christian Praise