Ok, I am starting to catch up. A few days after A Star is Born we went back to the same theater and watched...
I am, at this point, beginning to really worry about 2019, the Year of Seeing Movies Part Deux. Most of the movies we have seen this year are holdovers from 2018 so far. I guess I don't generally keep track of this but it seems like we should have some more new 2019 releases worth seeing by now.
Seems like we have seen most of the Oscar movies without even really trying in a very short period of time.
Anyways, Favourite got a split vote. I liked it. My Sweety didn't.
I won't get into the historical perspective because, right now, I can't even remember the name of the queen the movie was about. That doesn't really matter anyways. Whether you know the actual history or not doesn't affect tour enjoyment or lack thereof of this film.
The story is really a love triangle with the queen of England at the fulcrum.
One of the lovers is played by Rachel Weisz, who, for my money, is one of the sexiest women in Hollywood. I admit that the rampant heterosexual male in me responds with adrenaline every time she is on screen. She is an old hand at court and is the queen's most trusted advisor. Her husband is a lord and she is royalty.
The other lover is played by Emma Stone. She is a long lost cousin who has come to court out of necessity and takes up residence with the cooks and maids.
The intrigue as the two jostle for favor with the queen is fascinating, funny and engaging.
Gosh. I waited too long to write this review...... Having a hard time remembering it super well.
Ok....The queen was obviously not very smart. She also had real paranoia issues and real health issues. The fact that she was forceably isolated and used didn't help. The movie did a great job of illustrating this stuff and using it for both comedic and tragic effect.
When she asks a servant to look at her then screams at him for, indeed , looking at her was hilarious.
When she reveals her tormented legs it was tragic.
Rachel Weisz was brilliant as the scheming woman of court. She used her position of favor with the queen mercilessly. When it is revealed they are having a lesbian relationship it was not surprising. Weisz conveys power and duplicity equally well. In a scene where she is scheming to continue a war and draw up more taxes (really more than one scene) she is great.
Emma Stone is wickedly funny. At one point she is absentmindedly masturbating a lord she has married for power purposes while openly scheming to get Weisz. It's an effective scene that sums up her character.
Really no one else in this movie matters too greatly. It's the three of themTHE GOOD
I did not see the ending coming. Weisz character is essentially excommunicated and Stone's character is left to be an almost sexual slave of the queen who, it seems, isn't as buffoonish as we were led to believe. She wields her power when she needs to.
The performances of the three leading ladies are all strong.
There are some scenes of court intrigue that are haunting and really good. There is a scene at a party where there is dancing that I couldn't get out of my head for days after.
There was a thing with the queen replacing her dead children with rabbits. Weird for sure but effective. When you only have two hours to tell this dense story you have to use some extravagant devise to get your point across sometimes.
the sex. The descriptions of the sex acts and depictions of them were never loving and intimate. They were always transactional an lurid, which suited the film perfectly.THE BAD
It was a little circuitous. The story really takes a weird and winding path that was sometimes difficult to follow....needlessly difficult.
I didn't like the period costumes. I don't know how right on they were. I suspect not very. I found a lot of it off putting.
It's not a terribly exciting movie. There were times that I drifted off a little.
This was a good movie and it felt different. I wish my memory was better or I had written this review quicker. I'm not really doing this movie justice.