THE FAVOURITE (MA15+)
SHE’S REIGNING, THEY’RE PAWING, UK-US, 121MIN
A clever, vibrant and deviously shapeshifting period piece. It is early in the 18th century, and on the face of it, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) reigns supreme. But her physical and mental wellbeing fluctuate wildly. Taking advantage is Anne’s trusted adviser (and secret lover) Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz). This arrangement is interrupted by the arrival of Abigail (Emma Stone), a cousin of Sarah. The combustive feminine firepower let go by the three leads is a wonder to behold.