24 thoughts on “Previewing The Favourite… Finally!

  1. Sarah Marlborough was a strawberry blonde not a brunette. So maybe Rachel and Emma should have played each others role.
    Costumes are what I’d expect from the awe inspiring Ms Powell. So yeah, I’m going to see it.
    The history seems so so but who knows…

  2. I just hope we get to see Anne indulging in her “cold tea” habit. “Cold tea” being code for the queen’s well-known practice of drinking liquor from a teacup–as if she was fooling anyone.

  3. Yorgos Lanthimos is a genius! “The Lobster” was hysterical; I was snickering and amused through the entire film. But many did not like it or get his humor. Colin Farrell was perfect (he gained 40 lb for his role). So Lanthimos and great costumes! I’m in!

  4. I enjoyed Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Going by those two film and the trailer for this one, I expect more absurdity than a strict dedication to period. I’m still likely to enjoy it.

    1. The colours too remind me strongly of The Lobster rather than being strictly period, but you can’t deny that the effect is very striking. Such stylish-looking films.

    1. I had to blink at that first photo before I remembered that Anne was the divine Olivia. Great casting.

    1. Oh yes please! That was the show that made me interested in this period. I think this movie is going to be something of a burlesque. Which is fine unless you actually know something of the characters being burlesqued. Oh well as I said yesterday “Carry On Queen Anne”

  5. 1708 is early 18th century. Looking forward to this one. It took me a while to figure out that the numbering of centuries started with the year 1, so the first century was 01-100, the 2nd was 101-199, etc.

  6. Oh please let it be gay!

    Like, a movie with royal mistresses vying for attention like pretty much every court intrigue period drama, but the men are only tangential.

    I mean, we’re getting Colette so I don’t want to be greedy but…..

      1. Oh dear – just what I feared. Sarah was not the Queen’s “lover” – nor was Abigail. Anne may have had some lesbian leanings, but Sarah did not – she was passionately in love with her husband (and Mark Gatiss as the incredibly handsome John Churchill – what’s up with that?) And Sarah was not running the country. Sidney Godolphin was running the country. Both Godolphin and Marlborough kept Sarah in the loop in political matters, but to say she was running things is ridiculous. (yes I know it’s a comedy, but alas most people who see it will probably think it’s accurate in those details.)
        And Sarah was famously blonde!!

          1. Bi people may exist, but there is absolutely no reason to think that Sarah was bisexual. Anne may have been. Sarah actually found Anne’s rather goopy sentimentality somewhat tedious and did what she could to stay away from court (although she also wanted to continue to influence politics – Sarah was full of contraditions).

              1. Not trying to erase you; it was an unfortunately used expression. Yes BI people exist. However Sarah was not BI. Anne may very well have been. She latched onto Sarah when she was only a child and wrote her many sentimental letters (in the style of all the young ladies at court). Sarah was headstrong and beautiful and sure of herself and Anne was very much the opposite. Sarah proved loyal to her during her periods of political distress under William III and that made Anne cling even more to her. However Sarah often showed more than a little annoyance at Anne’s clinginess and a definite reluctance to hang out with her. She wanted to be with her husband and children and her country place, rather than at court. Sarah could get nasty and did when she realized she had been replaced as favourite. But that is because she wanted political power for her and her husband (and she would say for the good of the country). I’ve read many bios of Sarah (A Passion for Governance by Frances Harris is the best). I’ve also read her letters. No indication anywhere that she had any kind of lesbian leanings herself.

  7. Poor Queen Anne! Eighteen pregnancies (!) and every one of her children died. She deserved any emotional support and comfort she could get!

    While she and Prince George seem to have gotten along well and were certainly sexually active Anne, like her ancestor James I, had an eye for attractive members of her own sex.

  8. Riding habit with long pants was a thing. Both Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great were portrayed astride on horses wearing long pants and while google defies me right now I remember reading that Madame Palatine, Duchess of Orleans liked to hunt while sitting astride as well. And Marie Antoinette’s pants are actually quite tight in her portrait.

    My issues with this movie’s costumes will be the materials. They look modern. Very modern. Distractingly modern. Couldn’t they find some passable brocade?

  9. On the topic of upcoming movies and shows,

    Have any of you the read the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn?

    It’s an AMAZING, famous, regency romance novel series, kinda like Jane Austen with lots of steamy sex.

    (I’m sure 90% of this site has read it already)

    It’s now being adapted by Netflix into a TV show and I SO excited!! I’m not expecting too much historical accuracy from Shonda Rhimes (the in-charge), but since she’s all about those sexy modern shows, at least we’re not going to see boring, dumpy, potato sacks for regency gowns! She has to sell the show to the average viewers right?

    Here’s more info!:

  10. I’ve seen The Lobster, and it’s mindfuckingly good! That alone makes me want to watch this, with the added bonus of a frock flick!

  11. I loved this movie; the costumes & acting were all so good, even if it was loosely based off history, it was enjoyable. I wish there would’ve been more to be seen of Harley; I liked him, in a weird way.

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