In the early 1800s, two women vie for the attention of Queen Anne.
This got really amazing word-of-mouth recommendations. And it totally lived up to the buzz.
Queen Anne was the last of the Stuarts; when William and Mary died without heirs, she (being Mary’s sister) became queen until her death, when George I became the reigning monarch.
This movie portrays an aging queen who is unable to perform many of her duties, preferring to be with her SEVENTEEN BUNNIES (omg they were cute!), staying in her rooms, and relying on her friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to do most of the running of the country for her. A girl who was raised in the nobility but whose family has fallen on hard times is hired in the kitchens, and the queen takes her under her wing, with predictable friction between the two of them.
Having said that, this is an amazing movie. Not only an acclaimed feature film that’s just about women and their lives, but beautiful settings, great period details, good writing…it made me happy that a movie like this was even made, much less made so well.