Yorgos Lanthimo's previous films (The Hummer, The Kill of a Sacred Deer) have become critically acclaimed, but have proved somewhat confusing to the public at times. His latest, The Favorite, another feather in the hat of the Irish manufacturing company Element Pictures, draws the double whammy of being popular with critics and truly widely available. Clear, beautiful, wonderfully acted, scary, dark and very funny, it's an absolute gem.
The film is based on real people, but the action is mostly imagined. In the early 18th century, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is a complex mixture of disease, grief, desire and petulance. She is surrounded by male politicians, mainly Godolphin (James Smith) and Robert Harley (Nicholas Hoult) who want to swing her in different directions, but Anne loses most to the desires and advice of her close friend since childhood, Lady Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz). Lady Sarah is kind, interested and powerful hungry, and she plays the cards she has. When her cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) falls into difficult times, Sara takes her under her wing. But Abigail shares his fat ambition and some of her tricks. It gets excited.
The play by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara is fast, sharp and fun. Costumes and lighting are reminiscent of Peter Greenaway, it's like The Cook, The Thief, his wife and her lover, but it's also all about Eva while being able to be completely self. The moral ambiguity really works and the characters are so beautifully drawn and depicted, especially Colman shines. It will still not be everyone's cup of tea, but what is it? And if the lobster baffled you a little, it won't. ★★★★★ Aine & # 39; Connor
Carell hits the right note as a model line
Welcome to Marwen Cert: 12A; Opens Tuesday
Mark Hogancamp was left hospital after a violent attack outside a post after admitting to being a cross-dresser. The head traumas all but erased his memory, but he made a miraculous comeback by making detailed model dioramas populated by the avatars of World War II by the people of his life.
The bizarre case was first taken into our attention in 2010 doc Marwencol, and now finds a dramatic outlet via director and co-producer Robert Zemeckis (The Back to the Future films, Forrest Gump) who clearly saw the potential of their Zeitgeist capture themes.
Much of the manuscript takes place within Mark's imagined world, where the problems of life are reflected in a cartoon version of the war. Here, Mark (Steve Carell) is a heroic GI, while the women who have helped their recovery are Nazi killing angels (a remarkable solitaire consisting of Janelle Monae, Gwendoline Christie, Eiza Gonzalez and Merritt Wever). Added to this is Nicol (Leslie Mann), a beautiful soul moving across the street from Mark. The plot hangs on the guy he meets when he has to face his attackers in court.
It takes a while for the special premise to settle in, what about the constant shift back and forth between the macro and everyday life.
When it does, this works with a loving absurdity. Carell again shows a skilled and agile man. ★★★★ Hilary A White
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