Welp, the Mary Queen of Scots (2018) movie looks like a shitshow, but thank god someone (ahem the genius Sandy Powell) has done their homework in costuming early 17th-century-set The Favourite (2018). We’ve been dying for a glimpse, and now finally, a trailer! This is a darkly comic take on the aging Queen Anne of England and two rivals for being her favorite, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, and Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham. With a cast like Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, and Emma Stone — PLUS costumes by Sandy Powell! — this should be great.
The director is Yorgos Lanthimos, whose thing apparently is absurdist/dark humor. I haven’t seen any of his films, so I can’t comment further, but every time I mention this film someone says “note the director!” so clearly that’s going to be a thing.
First, let’s take a look at the real characters being portrayed:
Of course, none of those portraits give us any sense of fashion in the early 17th century, because the big trend in portraiture was to be painted in dressing gowns. Instead:
Now, the preview!
Are you looking forward to The Favourite?