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The Favourite

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In PH Cinemas February 20, 2019


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  • sH3ilasH3ila Member ✭✭
    Not yet showing in cinemas?
  • pexer99pexer99 PEx Admin

    WICKEDLY FUNNY “THE FAVOURITE” DOMINATES 2019 ACADEMY AWARDS OPENS FEBRUARY 20 EXCLUSIVE AT AYALA MALLS CINEMAS

     

                   Bagging the most nominations in major categories in this year’s Academy Awards, “The Favourite” vies for Best Picture, Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Olivia Colman), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best in Costume Design, Best in Film Editing and Best in Production Design.  “The Favourite” stars a pool of strongly talented cast led by Olivia Colman along with Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn that brings us to the much-overlooked period of British monarchy during Queen Anne’s (Colman) reign, the last of the Stuart line of rulers, has perhaps in history has been unfairly dismissed.


                   As Britain wars with France, in the Queen’s court the absurdities of palace life run rife. Gout-ridden and beset by grief over the loss of no fewer than 17 children, Anne relies on her only confidant, Lady Sarah Churchill (Weisz), who keeps the Privy Purse and offers much more than guidance in the matters of state. Her relationship with the Queen is as intimate as it comes, but when she introduces her downtrodden cousin, Abigail Hill (Stone), to court, she soon discovers a rival for Anne’s affections, and so begins a struggle for power and love that might threaten the monarchy itself.


                   Meanwhile, orbiting these three women are the men who perhaps expected to be in charge, including Robert Harley (Hoult) the Tory leader of the opposition who misreads Abigail as a pawn to force his agenda, and Samuel Masham (Alwyn), the handsome nobleman who finds himself inextricably drawn to Abigail’s charms. 

                   Like most, Colman had been unfamiliar with the story of Queen Anne. “The film is surprisingly accurate, because it does feel so far away from what we know to be period drama,” she notes. “But in a way, it’s less about the history of the piece as it is about this woman who has lost all these children, and her love for these other women. Anne displays every emotion, good and bad. Every trait. It’s great to play somebody who does so many things.”


                   Weisz, too, came to the film with little knowledge of the period. “Anne has been misunderstood and misrepresented – possibly by male historians – but she had more nous and political savvy and strength than has been credited to her previously.” Through Lanthimos’s lens, Weisz immediately saw an opportunity to offer something fresh to the genre. “What’s interesting is they’re in competition with each other, but there’s love, there’s envy, there’s rivalry. There’s a cliché in cinema of women being bitchy to one another, and this film plays with that, but it goes way beyond it, because what you discover is that there’s a real love story between the Queen and Lady Sarah. It’s not quite Casablanca but there’s a real, real love there.”

     

                   From Fox Searchlight Pictures/20th Century Fox, “The Favourite” will open February 20 exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas – Glorietta 4, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Ayala Center Cebu.  Check www.sureseats.com to book tickets in advance.

  • pexer99pexer99 PEx Admin
    X-MEN’S NICHOLAS HOULT IN THE MIDST OF ROYAL RUMBLE IN “THE FAVOURITE”

    Opens February 20 - Exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas

     

                    Nicholas Hoult dons outlandish outfits and puts on heavy wig in this year’s frontrunner Oscar contender and entertaining royal rumble movie “The Favourite” as Robert Harvey, chief minister to Queen Anne played by Best Actress nominee, Olivia Colman.  
     
                    Apart from the top nominations at the Oscars this year, “The Favourite” has so far opened to phenomenal box-office success overseas and will soon open in PH on February 20 (exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas).  Directed by Academy Award-nominee Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” is also nominated for Best Picture – a story that traces a time in history when then Queen Anne’s reign was perhaps unfairly dismissed.  Such time was when Britain was at war, while in the Queen’s court the absurdities of palace life run rife. Gout-ridden and beset by grief over the loss of no fewer than 17 children, Anne relies on her only confidant, Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), who keeps the Privy Purse and offers much more than guidance in the matters of state. Her relationship with the Queen is as intimate as it comes, but when she introduces her downtrodden cousin, Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), to court, she soon discovers a rival for Anne’s affections, and so begins a struggle for power and love that might threaten the monarchy itself.

     

                    Meanwhile, orbiting these three women are the men who perhaps expected to be in charge, including Robert Harley (Nicholas Hoult) the Tory leader of the opposition who misreads Abigail as a pawn to force his agenda, and Samuel Masham (Joe Alwyn), the handsome nobleman who finds himself inextricably drawn to Abigail’s charms.

                   

                    Known for his role as the Hank McCoy aka Beast in the global box-office X-Men films, Hoult’s earliest breakthrough role alongside Hugh Grant in “About A Boy” was followed by other notable projects such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Clash of the Titans, Newness, and Rebel in the Rye.  In “The Favourite,” Hoult brings forth his theatricality fully immersing himself in the role of a dapperly dressed chief minister to a queen encumbered by grief, gout, and insecurity.
     
                    “What I love is how many moments there are that will really split the audience. Moments where some will laugh and others will whimper at the same time. It’s what’s so brilliant about the film; it works either way. Even watching the film myself, knowing where it’s going, I think “Oh that’s funny, but it’s also really tragic.” It’s a great contradiction,” says Hoult of his character. 

     
                   
     From Fox Searchlight, “The Favourite” opens February 20 at Trinoma, Glorietta 4, Alabang Town Center and Ayala Center Cebu.

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