Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Runtime: 1 hour, 59 minutes
Biography | Comedy | Drama | History | 2018
When I saw “Yorgos Lanthimos” come across the screen on the opening credits I knew I was in for something strange and fairly unexciting. Ya see, I watched two of his other films and was left utterly disgusted, pissed off, and with the feeling that I completely wasted my time (The Lobster and Killing of a Sacred Deer if you must know). At least this one has some leading ladies that keep the plot and story going well, but still it has the typical awkward moments that Lanthimos is known for (at least from my perspective).
One thing I didn’t know until after I watched this, was that it’s a biographical/historical movie. For some reason I expected this to just be a movie that is so far-fetched there is not way it could be true. The film is about two young women, played by Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, that - for lack of better terms - compete for the affection of the Queen. Now, the queen herself is a bit out of it and most of the time doesn’t know what she’s talking about or doing or wants.
That being said, the movie being something I wouldn’t say I particularly liked, I can’t deny that it deserves all the nominations that it has received from the Academy Awards board. Olivia, Emma, and Rachel are excellent in their roles. It actually reminded me A LOT of Phantom Thread, which I too believe was just a bit too strange for me to like all that much. I loved the costumes in this film, especially for Emma’s character (Abigail) as she gradually gets higher and higher in ranks under the queen. Each time a little something more is added to her costume, which I can only imagine being something that happened in real life back then.
I loved the bunnies and their meaning to Queen Anne… I didn’t like that one scene with Abigail though… tsk tsk little “lady.” I’m going to stick with tradition when it comes to these Oscar Nominated movies and give this one an “okay” as well. It’s actually pretty close to a “hated it” but the acting was so amazing I can’t bring myself to do that… even the lady sitting next to me in the theater said, and I quote “well that was the stupidest thing I’ve seen.” Well said lady who wouldn’t stop crunches the popcorn bag and slurping her soda loudly, well said. (2/5).
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