David Edelstein doesn't bbq 'Marie Antionette' | The Moviegoer

Monday, October 9, 2006

David Edelstein doesn't bbq 'Marie Antionette'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2006 at 10:04 AM

even though just about everyone else in Europe has.  The New York Magazine critic says,

Much of the ridicule for Marie Antoinette at this year’s Cannes Film Festival was for its hodgepodge of acting styles and its alternation of period music and droning rock. The casting works surprisingly well. Although Schwartzman doesn’t show us much of Louis’s inner life (the script doesn’t help) and resorts to mugging, Torn does his randy-old-goat number (mugging of a higher order) to snorting perfection, Steve Coogan wrings every drop of irony out of an Austria-France liaison, and cheekily mismatched Shirley Henderson and Molly Shannon make a delicious pair of maiden aunts, English-tweety and Yankee-honking, respectively.

On the other hand, the music—New Order, Bow Wow Wow, Gang of Four—is mostly godawful. Did Coppola want to suggest that these royals are just, you know, like you and me? Maybe she did have too privileged an upbringing. Still, rich girls with domineering fathers must be allowed to go their own way. Let her make her own mistakes. Marvel as she grows.


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