Marie Antoinette Reviews

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May 16, 2015
In The Social Network, David Fincher exercised quite a deal of creative license in translating real events to the big screen. That's the difference between an HBO documentary and a blockbuster drama.

Although many years prior to Fincher's opus, Marie Antoinette is shockingly on par with its HBO siblings. Our titular character is more static than her gowns. And our plot suffers from a worse ill than smallpox: nonexistence.

Coppola's sacrificing style for story is-in a twist of irony-royally out of vogue.
April 2, 2015
Had a lot of things I liked; acting, set/costume design, soundtrack etc. But after the first half it gets too bloated and a little directionless. Felt like a bit of a struggle to finish, which is a shame because I like pretty much everything Sofia Coppola does.
½ February 22, 2015
Like all the others of Sofia Coppola's movie, I find it superficial. Of course you find some meanings behind her movies, but they are always not scanned so deeply as they could.
½ February 16, 2015
An exercise in style, Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette may not be the deepest biopic but it is an entertaining and surprisingly fun mash-up of period drama visuals and modern pop influences.
February 4, 2015
i dont care that is isn't historically correct. this film is a feast for the eyes. every aspect of it is visually stunning, and i like the new storyline, and not to mention the amazing soundtrack. it somehow compliments the set designs, costumes and the whole feeling of the film. i loved it.
½ February 1, 2015
ok his5torical pic update of sorts
March 30, 2014
I only watch this movie for the costumes, which are so good I'll still give this movie three stars.
January 2, 2015
A demonstration of the extravagance and largesse of Marie Antoinette and the issues that beset France during this time. A cracking soundtrack to accompany it.
November 5, 2006
WOW.....WOW....WOW....JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS AN ALRIGHT MOVIE 2 is nothing special 2 watch but it is an enjoyable movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie......I think that Kirsten dunst, Jason Schwartzman, judy davis, rip torn, rose byrne, steve coogan, molly Shannon, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......I think that the director of this drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.......I think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch.....its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.....

The production was given unprecedented access to the Palace of Versailles. The movie takes the same sympathetic view of Marie Antoinette's life as was presented in Fraser's biography. Coppola has stated that the style for shooting was heavily influenced by the films of Stanley Kubrick, Terrence Malick, and Milo Forman, Coppola was also influenced by Lisztomania by Ken Russell.

While the action happens in Versailles (including the Queen's Petit Trianon and the Hameau de la Reine) and the Paris Opera (which was built after the death of the real Marie Antoinette), some scenes were also shot in Vaux-le-Vicomte, Château de Chantilly, Hôtel de Soubise and at the Belvedere in Vienna.

Milena Canonero and six assistant designers created the gowns, hats, suits and prop costume pieces. Ten rental houses were also employed, and the wardrobe unit had seven transport drivers. Shoes were made by Manolo Blahnik and Pompei, and hundreds of wigs and hair pieces were made by Rocchetti & Rocchetti. As revealed in the "Making of" documentary on the DVD, the look of Count von Fersen was influenced by 1980s rock star Adam Ant. Ladurée made the pastries for the film; its famous macarons are featured in a scene between Marie-Antoinette and Ambassador Mercy.

The film's soundtrack contains New Wave and post-punk bands New Order, Gang of Four, the Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bow Wow Wow, Adam and the Ants, the Strokes, Dustin O'Halloran and the Radio Dept. Some scenes utilize period music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Antonio Vivaldi and François Couperin. The soundtrack also includes songs by electronic musicians Squarepusher and Aphex Twin.

Nominations and awards

Academy Awards record

1. Best Costume Design, Milena Canonero
Won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Milena Canonero).
Nominated for three BAFTA awards, for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup & Hair.
At the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Marie Antoinette was entry for Official Selection of Golden Palm and won the Cinema Prize of the French National Education System.
The film was nominated for Best Feature at the Gotham Awards.
Won Best Art Direction at the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards.
Won Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design at both the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards and the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

The Region 1 DVD version of the movie was released on February 13, 2007. Special features on the disc included a "making of" featurette, two deleted scenes and a brief parody segment of MTV Cribs, featuring Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI of France. The Region 2 DVD version, including the same special features, was released on February 26, 2007. No commentary was available for the DVD. In France, the double-disc edition included additional special features: Sofia Coppola's first short movie, Lick the Star, and a BBC documentary film on Marie Antoinette. A collector's edition boxset, entitled "Coffret Royal", was also released in France, and included the double-disc edition of the movie, Antonia Fraser's biography, photographs and a fan. The Japanese edition was released on July 19. This two-disc edition included the same extra features as the North American release, though it also included the American, European and Japanese theatrical trailers and Japanese TV spots. A limited-edition special Japanese boxed set contained the two disc DVD set, a jewellery box, a Swarovski high-heeled shoe brooch, a hand mirror, and a lace handkerchief.

man this is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......I think that this is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch, with a good cast throughout this movie......
December 18, 2014
This film is visually stunning. It gives you a strong feeling of luxury and royalty with it's stunning costumes and beautiful buildings and sets.
The acting does not disappoint. Kristen Dunst plays her role beautiful. The role fits her perfectly.
November 30, 2014
A biopic of sorts, but whilst it rather plods a bit too slow at times Dunst does give an admirable performance as the tragic French Queen.
½ October 16, 2007
Didn't really like it.
½ October 4, 2012
I refuse to feel sympathy for a character who cheats on their spouse and feels no remorse. Let alone when the movie tries to force me to sympathise with them.
September 25, 2014
The only positive I can give this film is Kirsten Dunst's performance. Other than her this film is a complete bore-fest. ZzZzZzZzZzZz.
½ August 19, 2007
Sofia Coppola's weakest effort. Dunst gives a good performance, but I just kept waiting for the movie to really start. I gave up on waiting halfway through the credits. If there's anything positive to say about this pic it would obviously be the costumes, the performances, Dunst, the cinematography, and the Coppola vibe (though its much less present here than in her other films).
But sadly this comes nowhere near The Virgin Suicides or Lost in Translation even.
September 3, 2014
The image is lush & impressive, it's a shame that 'Marie Antoinette' offers little more than visual spectacle. The story is completely mismanaged in terms of pacing and focus, but it does translate well to modern times (apart from the obvious anachronisms). Given its strong allegorical connotations, the story falters way too much to sustain this aspect. The film is made watchable by the performances from the leads and by Coppola's aesthetically pleasing frame, but they are sadly stuck in a film without dramatic tempo. The soundtrack is a nifty choice, allowing for some interesting cinematic moments, but nothing more. For patient Sofia Coppola fans who have seen everything else.
March 26, 2014
Sofia Coppola's third film isn't as strong as her first two, mostly because it is lacking in drama and story...but boy is it a pretty film. It has wonderful costumes and fantastic use of the real Versailles, all wrapped up in very attractive cinematography. Dunst is good, but there is no meat to the story or the characterizations. It feels very flat, despite the unique modern style for a period drama. Visually this film really works, but it just lacks too much story wise to give it higher marks.
July 17, 2014
What sets Marie Antoinette's style-over-substance apart from other costume dramas is portraying loneliness as the main feature, decorated with visual splendor, a vibrant soundtrack and a conflict too sublte to really develop itself.
June 1, 2014
An ambitious concept that failed to reach its full potential. Still, the costume design is superb, if not flawless; no wonder why they still got their Academy Award.
½ May 11, 2014
Lovely costumes and prop's but dire accents and music!
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