We feature one of the most celebrated films of the year on this week’s “Cogill Wine and Film, A Perfect Pairing” Podcast, “The Favourite.” And, to pair with Queen Anne’s royal court, one of her favorites, premium Bordeaux. To listen to the show, click here, or listen through your favorite podcast site, including Spotify, iTunes, IHeartRadio or Google Play. More on the film from Gary below.
And, we teased our upcoming “Wine and Film, Perfect Pairing – Oscar Preview” event on this week’s show. Gary and I are excited to head back to Dallas for a special event with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, detailing the best films of the year, with Gary giving his picks for who the Academy Award winner will be. And, of course, we will pair key categories with delicious wines. More on the event, and to purchase tickets, here.
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The Film: “The Favourite”
Or “Did that movie just make me blush?”
“The Favourite,” is a raunchy, wicked, energetic period film that takes place in the 1700s in England during the reign of the sickly Queen Anne.
Olivia Coleman (The Lobster, Murder On The Orient Express) deserves an Oscar nomination for playing the troubled Queen as both a perpetrator and a victim, reclining uncomfortably between her tumultuous inner circle and a possible war with France
Rachel Weisz plays, Lady Sarah, who appears to be running Britain via manipulation. A conniving pleaser in more ways than one until she finds herself at odds with the new girl on the court, Abigail, played by last year’s Oscar winner Emma Stone (La La Land, Birdman, Easy A). Their repartee consistently seeks to “one-up” each other in order to win favor with the Queen.
There is a scene where Sara and Abigail participate in the 18th-century version of skeet shooting and it’s a brilliant reminder that if you get in their way or cross the line, there will be blood.
“The Favourite” is directed on the highest level as both serious drama and fast-paced verbal slapstick by, Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer). I expect his film to contend for Best Picture and it wouldn’t surprise me if all three ladies are nominated for an Academy Award. They are that delicious to watch, and the film gets better the more I think about it.
It’s also rated R for a surprising amount of bedroom bawdiness that may or may not be historically accurate. When it happens in the film it’s so surprising you might blush, but it also makes sense in the context of the piece. This is not a stodgy movie where people over articulate in a prim and proper way. It’s just the opposite.
“The Favourite” is a regurgitating, sometimes gawdy, gluttonous, open wound version of old England that is as entertaining as it is peculiar, with terrific performances and a director who knows exactly what he is doing. Be warned.
- Gary Cogill