The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and ultimately the fall of Versailles.
According to Rotten Tomatoes this is officially Sofia Coppola’s worst film yet, despite its critical mauling and disappointing commercial results, I actually think it is her best film to date. Perhaps people have problems with the revisionist history, the the blending of stately heritage and pop songs or the fact it never quite delves deep enough into her character but for me the much documented ‘faults’ are also its greatest assets.
The first thing that hits you, after the attention grabbing Gang of Four track that plays over the black and pink opening credits, is the stunning photography by Lance Acord. The film positively revels in the opulence and wealth of the time with a pastel colour palette not too…
History was never my favorite subject. I think it's because I don't really have a terribly active imagination, and so my lessons always felt more like lists of dates and facts than a real feeling for a time period or event. So, I loved Marie Antoinette - it is a beautiful portrayal of some universal-ish emotions and experiences across time. The use of music, exaggerations, and anachronisms served to make me understand what that time and place might have felt like. This is the story of a (wayyyy) privileged teenager, experiencing cliques, gossip, heartache, indulgence, and a complete lack of responsibility. I think Coppola portrayed this perfectly.
I never thought of it as modern as much as just timeless. Like,…
Great acting from everyone. I dig everything from the costumes to the overall look of the film. And Kirsten Dunst is - yes - great. She owns the role. I wish Tom Hardy had more screentime though.
I like the way Jason Schwartzman and Kirsten Dunst's relationship evolves. It feels very real which makes it easy to get invested in the story. And any film which features Plainsong by The Cure is awesome. Oh, and The Strokes!
I'd forgotten Kirsten Dunst can really act. This is the first time I've seen her in a substantial role since Coppola's The Virgin Suicides in 1999; hopefully her work with von Trier in 2011 will mean she gets considered for more than an action movie girlfriend or romcom star. In the first half of the film, she conveys so much emotion with her face, rarely breaking her young princess's protocol of deferential politeness.
There must have been something in the air in 2005: both this and the BBC's Casanova show 18th century European courts in the same deliciously over-decadent, over-colourful slightly modernised style. I love it. Spotting anachronisms gets dull: far better a bit of knowing messing about. [Now, Casanova…
This film is the most gorgeous, decadent, beautiful film I have ever ever seen. The costumes, the setting, everything about it just appeals to me. Kirsten Dunst is practically glowing in a performance I will forever remember her for. My favourite scenes are the ones with her little daughter, in the cottage, walking through the tall grass and picking flowers. Absolutely incredible. Building on the serenity of the shots of Virgin Suicides and multiplying it by like, a thousand.
Of course, the story is lacking. It's far too long. I feel like this could have been Sophia's shining moment, the jewel of her career and yet for all its beauty there just isn't that much to get interested in otherwise.
Oh yeah, and the soundtrack is superb.
Part of the December Project: Film #13
Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette has been criticized for using anachronistic pop songs, being historically inaccurate, and wasting away one of history's most controversial figures by avoiding politcal insight and just humanizing her (which is a strange complaint given she was well loved in France even during the revolution). But I find these criticisms a bit silly, since they are what make Marie Antoinette unique and ultimately a solid film.
It feel weird to watch a Sofia Coppola film that's actually fast paced, given her tendency to focus on the more quiet moments. While those quiet moments are here, Coppola actually decides to make the film as upbeat as possible, in order to symbolize…
eh alright. good casting.
Marie Antoinette is a historical drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, it's about the life of Marie Antoinette of Austria and the beginning of the French Revolution.
The film begins with Marie Antoinette's arranged marriage to Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, she becomes Queen of France and the first hour or so follows her struggle to consummate the marriage and produce children.
Eventually because of her luxurious lifestyle and indifference to the struggles of the people initially charmed by her beauty, the public grow to dislike her and the film ends with the Royal Flight to Varennes.
I don't know too much about French history so there might have been some inaccuracy in there, however history plays only a small part in this film as it's mainly about the character and Kirsten Dunst is excellent in this role, the costumes are Academy Award winning and the soundtrack is daring for a period drama.
The gripping story of one woman's daring quest...to have sex with her own husband.
Actually, I did like this film, even if at times it felt a tad overlong and self-indulgent. A bit like the French monarchy. Oh no I didn't!
But seriously, they take forever to get it on and Marie Antoinette's mother is a real cow.
I have no idea if that last bit is historically accurate.
Dunst the highlight of great cast, portraying the fragile magic & romance with tragic poignancy. A pleasure. #see
I love this movie! It's gorgeous. So pretty. I love everything about it. My favorite Sofia Coppola movie also.
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Whether or not anyone said "Let them eat cake" is inconsequential. Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is straight up frosting.
Perhaps the most misunderstood movie of the new millennium, Marie Antoinette is a phenomenal interpretation of the infamous queen, as well as a candid look at youth and fame.