I almost missed Gwen entirely. It wasn't until I saw the review by critic Mark Kermode that I became aware of it's existence. As I researched into the film I found consistently that it received a number of very praising write ups. So I decided it would definitely be worth given a try and from what I saw of the trailer, further convinced me of that. Having gone to see it, I can say that it met all expectations. It is a film that has successfully melded both Folklore and Gothicism. Creating a hybrid that one cannot help but become invested and engaged in.
This film has convinced me that all films involving humanoid-fish people for some reason insist on having them partake in sex with non-fish people. It's true! Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, Jack Arnold), The Shape of Water (2017, Guillermo Del Toro), this film, The Little Mermaid (1989, Ron Clements)! WHAT IS WITH THESE FILMS AND INTER-SPECIES FISH SEX?! Is this some kind of weird fetish I have missed out on?! (Not that I'd want to partake in such a bizarre fetish.)
Before we go into details, I should highlight, if you go to see this film, do not expect a truly scary horror film, because this isn't that. It is a highly intense, disturbing, psychological thriller and drama, with significant elements of humour and heavy connotations of folk horror, displaying a truly, strangely beautiful pagan nightmare. At the same time, it acts as a highly emotional and feminist story of an emotionally fragile and depressed woman having to deal with a bitter family loss and escape the clutches of an emotionally abusive relationship, fueled by the misogynistic and culturally insensitive opinions of some of the other characters.
Bad food, zombies, sex, obscene obesity, shit, mindless violence, musical numbers and extremely malicious poultry. Sounds like Mc Donald's on a Friday night, but no it is in fact a brief description of Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006, Lloyd Kaufman).
I loved The Favourite. No hesitation, I absolutely loved and adored it. Already it has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress, also going onto win seven BAFTAs. Including Best British Film, Best Costume Design, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Original Screenplay. It is a truly well put together blend of history, comedy, politics, and satire.
I can see why many would consider this highly controversial—why it would go down in cinema history as one of the most deranged films ever put to screen.