Magazine February 11, 2019, Issue

Anne the Unreal

Emma Stone in The Favourite (Fox Searchlight)

Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of The Favourite, has risen to a certain eccentric fame by making movies de­fined by unsettlement, dream logic, and spasms of violence. But his latest movie is somewhat more accessible and even normal: A kind of 18th-century All About Eve, in which a young woman played by Emma Stone clambers from penury to power in the court of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), vying with a duchess played by Rachel Weisz for the affections of their monarch.

Their triangle is sapphic; their banter is sharp; the cinematography is vivid; the plot is unexpectedly straightforward. All of this

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