Abigail (spoilers)


Got to say Emma Stone delivers her best performance to date imo, I'd like to see her do more out there artier projects and play more bitchy villainous characters. She's impressed me more as her career goes on.

Anyway, Abigail is the real villain of this film. I love that you think that Sarah is the nastier one for a good part of the film, and that Abigail is the sweet innocent one. But that switches around, as much as Sarah is using Anne for power, you can tell behind the "Ice Queen" persona that Sarah actually cares of Anne and doesn't want to hurt her even though she's in her own way a Opportunist. Abigail is just outright a user and opportunist, she sees Anne as her cash cow and stepping stone back into the high life she lost cause of her father. She clearly doesn't give a damn about her husband and only marries him cause of his name and rank.

Although I did love the ending, what I took from it was even though Abigail thought she got rid of Sarah and that she won, but in fact Abigail for all that she gained she blows it. In fact with Anne seen her try to kill one of her rabbits, I think that's the moment Abigail was finished cause Anne knew Abigail lied to her, something Sarah never did (she said she hated the rabbits) and Abigail was back to been the maid she was once she joined. A great ending. That's what I took anyway from the ending.

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Abigail didn't entirely blow it, Anne kept her on until she died, and at that point Abigail had a good income and her own estate, and she was able to leave court and live on her own terms.

The thing about Abigail was that she was a small-time crook at heart, in a court where everyone else was out to take over the country if not the known world. Sarah managed it for most of the film (she was queen in all but name), Lord Harley spent the whole film angling to become PM, Marlborough became the power behind the throne with Anne died and George took over, etc. Anne was surrounded by people who could fairly be called monsters, and the fact that Abigail wanted very little in comparison to everyone else at court made her the easiest to deal with, and the best "companion" available. Plus she gave a great finger-bang.

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Hey girl, hey girl! Love this interpretation.

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That's a very nice comment indeed.
Sarah was using Anne just as much as Abigail, only for a different purpose.
One can argue that Sarah was a true patriot, and had the country at heart - I don't think she wanted the war for pure power/personal reasons (although her husband was a prominent military figure, so hm). She did seem to be more than a political-career-freak.
But she was still using Anne. Well, she was using her a bit better than Abigail too, but she was still not around the queen out of sheer love.
So yeah, the poor hunk of faulty flesh in the shape of a queen wasn't truly loved by the humans in the court.
...And even the rabits were in for survival.
Ew.

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I won't defend Abigail but do think it's important to consider the life she was escaping when she came to the court.

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