The teaser trailer made this look like a bit of an oddity, but the film has been getting increasing buzz and had a much-lauded screening at the Venice Film Festival. Now, with a much better (and extremely well-timed) trailer, we get a greater sense of the film – and it looks kind of amazing.
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Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
A Film By Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Produced by: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult , Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss
In Theaters November 23, 2018
First, the performances look pretty devastating. It looks like Olivia Colman, between this and her turn as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown, is about to have a banner career year for herself and we can’t be more delighted by that fact. That sure looks like an Oscar-worthy performance to us. It’s kind of a thing with English actresses. Once you play a couple different queens, you’re on the Oscar track. Ask Judi Dench or Helen Mirren. With her portrayal of Queen Anne, Colman’s on her third queen (she also played the Queen Mother in Hyde Park on the Hudson). Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone also look like they’re on the awards track with this one. Stone’s accent work is pretty impressive.
What strikes us about the trailer is how it upends catfight tropes and seems to make this a primal story about grasping power. In other words, despite the gowns and hissing, it seems like the kind of story we’ve seen told about men countless times.
Having said that, the gowns look pretty spectacular too.
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