May 21, 2020 at 5:08 pm #1203494277
I found this season to be really vibrant and thrilling. “The Favourite” comparisons were always inevitable, and there are shades of it there, though you can’t really compare the two without the direction of Yorgos Lanthimos that so clearly took that film to another level. That being said, the wit and speed of the movie’s screenplay translates here with Tony McNamara writing most episodes of this first season, though it doesn’t pack quite the same punch. Regardless, this was pure fun even in its more “traditional” moments. Elle Fanning really grew as the season went on, and by the finale, even I was taken back by her range and presence. She effortlessly fluttered between the comedic aspects and was the grounding force of keeping the stakes front and center without seeming over the top. I was mightily impressed by her commitment to the role and it made me more generally excited about what her future holds. Nicholas Hoult, in a role that could’ve been played as second fiddle, stole the entire show for me and delivered probably my favorite male comedic performance of the year. He builds upon the delectably evil presence we saw in “The Favourite,” and the incredulous naiveté he plays makes the character equally loathsome and enjoyable. As the season progresses and he gets to play notes of growth before ultimately regressing to his true nature, Hoult is walking a tightrope of building a character you love to hate with effortless ease. I am not sure what the plan is for future seasons, but Fanning and Hoult delivered smart, charming and wildly entertaining performances. Phoebe Fox also really made quite the impression, often by not even saying a word, and as Marial developed in later episodes, I realized I would love to see an entire show around this character with Fox at the center. She took what could’ve been an easy, supportive sidekick and made her the core of some of the season’s most emotional moments. I didn’t love Sacha Dhawan but also had a lot of trouble with Orlo’s arc in the second half of the season. That character’s turn was never fully realized and felt very abrupt. I found Sebastian de Souza to be a very charming presence, and between this and his stint on “Normal People,” I think he’s in line for a career boost. I actually wanted to see more of Charity Wakefield and Gwilym Lee, and as with Marial, a series from their perspective would be just as interesting. Adam Godley played slimey perfectly and Belinda Bromilow was a fun and sneaky asset. Many of the scenes with interactions of characters from various facets of the court reminded me of “Game of Thrones,” and I was surprised at how the show got me invested in every character’s motivations. I’d love to see the show continue to gain some buzz and Emmy attention, and I’m really curious to see what future seasons would look like, even if this ensemble is rebuilt.June 5, 2020 at 6:24 am #1203517264
Almost done with the series and it just gets better and better. Elle Fanning is serving some young Michelle Pfeiffer circa Dangerous Liaisons. Nicholas Hoult is definitely the best in the show. I hope he really gets an Emmy nod. But the whole cast is just in spades! Looking forward to seeing the final two episodes.July 2, 2020 at 9:15 am #1203563007
Yay! It’s a great show.July 2, 2020 at 11:38 am #1203563469
Renewal for Season 2 helps Emmy nominations?? I do hope so!
FYC Emmy: Drama Series ｰ "THE CROWN" ACTOR (Tobias Menzies), ACTRESS (Olivia Colman),
SUP. ACTOR (Josh O'Connor), SUP. ACTRESS (Helena Bonham Carter), GUEST ACTOR (Charles Dance),
GUEST ACTRESS (Jane Lapotaire)
Limited Series ｰ "NORMAL PEOPLE" ACTOR (Paul Mescal)
Comedy Series - "THE GREAT" ACTRESS (Elle Fanning), SUP. ACTOR (Nicholas Hoult)July 2, 2020 at 11:45 am #1203563476
Finished this over the weekend. Loved it! Hope the series, Elle and Nicholas can get nominations.July 9, 2020 at 8:17 am #1203577819
I’m not a fan of this show and during the middle it had a lot of issues IMO. However the two last episodes were something else. Unexpected, riveting… I loved it. Super excited for season two!July 9, 2020 at 8:38 am #1203577851
How I wish they submitted The Beaver’s Nose instead of The Great in writing. Having said that, I hope the finale gets in directing and the pilot is still a strong submission and I hope it gets in Writing.July 24, 2020 at 5:25 am #1203599377
Seven episodes in and despite some wobbly tonal issues early and general self-indulgence, this is compulsively watchable. I fully support a nomination for Fanning. And I have to imagine this has the Emmy for Period Costumes all — ahem — sewn up.
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