beca 🦇’s review published on Letterboxd:
I think I judged this film too harshly when I watched it earlier this year for a scavenger hunt based on nothing more than my own biases. ...which is definitely something I need to work on.
When Marie Antoinette is sobbing behind a door and then the scene cuts to her spending excess money on a ridiculous amount of unnecessary, lavish things set to I Want Candy... that was a call out. Too relatable.
Despite being set in 1700s Versailles and focusing almost all of its plot on the aristocracy and royals, Coppola's film easily relates the titular young queen to modern women of all sorts. It tells brilliantly a story of loneliness, alienation, and expectation - and to top it off, the whole film is soft, pastel eye candy.