Coppola goes her own anachronistic way in this revisionist biopic. Pink-and-white Dunst dimples her way through as the teenaged Marie Antoinette, an Austrian princess who is married off at 14 to bumptious French prince (and eventual king) Louis (Schwartzman), who can't even bed her properly. So what's a bored and lonely young woman, stuck in a hostile royal court, to do? Why, party, party, party (extravagantly) of course. It's all pop tunes and lavish costumes and splendid isolation at Versailles while the rabble rouses. Fortunately, Coppola ends her confection before tragedy befalls the delectable Marie.
KHL has it right - on two counts. This movie is flat, as was Coppola's vastly overrated "Lost in Translation." Nothing happens in terms of character development, brooding cinematography - achingly predictable in both films - substitutes for either narration or impression. One begins to think that Sophia is, indeed, Marie A. Lost in a world she can't fathom or translate, and doomed to play at being cinematic.
Love Sofia Coppola, Hated This Movie KHL at 2008-04-15 15:19:37
Yes, the costumes look fabulous, the locations are sumptuous, the music is suitable and the acting good, but none of this makes up for the agonizingly slow pace. I wanted to shut it down halfway through. I persisted, but not without wanting to scream in frustration that I wasted over two hours watching this boring epic. I don't know what it was, but I just could not get into it. I don't mind movies with a slow pace (ex. Assassination of Jesse James or anything by Malick, and even Virgin Suicides, Coppola's first flick), but I wouldn't sit through this again if someone paid me.