In the 18th century Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman) sits on the throne, but most of her decisions are made by her close friend, Lady Sarah Marlborough. (Rachel Weisz) Queen Anne is often sick, mentally and physically. When Abigail, (Emma Stone) Sarah's cousin who has fallen on hard times comes looking for a job, they began to fight for the Queen's affection.
There's a whole lot of petty in this movie and it's glorious. Director Yorgos Lanthimos is out there. If you've seen any of this films, you know that. This might be the least weird thing he's ever done. He didn't write the script, but his techniques are all over it. I loved seeing him take the script Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara wrote and put that strange touch on it.
Olivia Coleman is the star. Anne is so complicated. She's ill, moody, and tragedy follows her everywhere. Yet, she's not above taking advantage of Sarah and Abigail when they start their spat. She's so incredible, Lanthimos was right to let the camera linger on her, and see so many emotions play off her face. She absolutely deserves the Oscar for those. Stone and Weisz were also wonderful in their parts, though Stone is most certainly a lead. I loved how you would sort of root for one of these ladies, then they'd turn out to be the shadiest. Or the one you thought was the worst turns out to get the worst deal. It's like Harley (Nicholas Hoult) says. Favor shifts, my feelings shifted frequently with these characters.
And speaking of Hoult, the women in this movie are so good it's easy for everyone else to fall to the wayside but he was very good in this too. His character is such a messy bitch. He was so over the top and I couldn't help but laugh.
As you can probably tell, I loved this movie. I didn't want it to end. Period pieces can easily have moments where they drag and this didn't. I'm just in awe of it. My first review of 2019 will surely go on my Top 2018 list.
Memorable Quote: "I like it when she puts her tongue inside me." - Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman)