Latest Issue

The best films in January 2019: The Favourite and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Plus the documentary Capernaum about a Lebanese boy suing his parents

Melissa McCarthy finally gets the role she deserves

Melissa McCarthy finally gets the role she deserves

The Favourite, released 1st January

There is nothing remotely polite about this society portrait. It’s a crackling, caustic imagined account of the intrigue lurking among the vipers in the court of a sickly Queen Anne. As played by the incomparable Olivia Colman, the Queen is petulant and needy, initially a tragi-comic figure who is governed by her capable confidante Lady Sarah (Rachel Weiss). Sarah uses the monarch’s frailty to…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect