Lanthimos’s Anne (Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 8 March 1702 to 1 May 1707, and thereafter of Great Britain and Ireland to 1714) is bloated, dull and not fit for purpose. Just like his film about two women’s rivalry for her favour.
We decided to give The Favourite 2 stars, calculated as follows:
+1 star for effort;
+1 star for most of the performances (in particular, Olivia Colman as Queen Anne);
+1/2 star for the black, white and grey costumes;
-1/2 star for allowing Mark Gattis to pretend again that he can cope with serious roles (sensational though he is in the black comedy League of Gentlemen);
-1/2 star for the ravingly silly ending; and
-1/2 star for the plinky plinkety-plink-plink music.