Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos; Starring: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss. 15 cert, 119 mins.
You may recall the bygone days when we smilingly compared the British political scene to Yes, Minister or The Thick of It. Well, gird your loins for the definitive satire of 2019: an absurdist farce in which our nation’s power-brokers yell at ducks, fall face-first into manure, and pelt each other with mouldy fruit.
Such are the manifold amusements of Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, which is set during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century, but feels no less bracingly timely for it.
The film shows politics as a psychopathic parlour game,…