Marie Antoinette Reviews
Overall, a pleasant atmospheric work. Emphasis on the word "pleasant" -- nothing to write home about.
Director: Sofia Coppola
Summary: Sofia Coppola directs a stylized portrait of Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst), the naive Austrian princess who married Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman) to become queen of France at age 19. The film explores the effects of a luxurious yet terribly confining lifestyle on the young queen.
My Thoughts: "Marie Antoinette is a perfect example of being a young girl with loads of money and nothing but time on her hands. In which the inevitable is bound to happen. Girl gets bored and parties and spends and spends. Which in this case, along with her husbands bad business choices, led to the Queens downfall. The movie is beautifully made and is quite beautiful on it's own with it's many fabulous costumes and the great scenery. The acting is quite good as well. I really liked the unique style they put on this period piece by not using the typical music of that time. The only thing that wasn't up to par with this film was the dialogue. It fell flat in some parts. It was also slow at times with unnecessary shots that lasted much longer then needed. There was too much time spent on the scenery when it should have been spent on the story."
In response to the lack of control in her life's direction, Marie settles for opulent clothing and grandiose living arangements. She lives only for the sake of pleasing herself-or seems to. Deep down, Marie shows a great deal of heart and seems saddened by her failure to sexually interest her husband. Finally producing an heir, Her life seems to be just taking a turn for the better when the french revolution comes to a head.
The visuals were stunning of course, the story was slightly adolescent but more than tolerable, and the characters were mildly one-dimensional. The mood, however was perfect and unexpectedly light. This may have been a depiction of a tragedy but it left me surprisingly satisfied.
Not great, But far from horrible. I will be buying this, though i may only watch it a couple times more.