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Friday, October 20, 2006

There must be something

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2006 at 6:19 AM

more than tolerable about Marie Antionette.  The reviews are coming in and they're not bad.  It's sits at 61%on the cream of the crop meter, which isn't great, but the NY Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, LA Times and NY Magazine all liked it.

Although, if you're up for reading a very funny dis of the film, check out Anthony Lane's review in the New Yorker

Here's what Philip Martin has to say,

It is both the greatest strength and a major weakness of Marie Antoinette that every moment seems as self-contained as a pop song. In the end, what we get is a kind of cinematic concept album in which some of the “songs” aren’t up to the standards of the best.
   But the best moments are fantastic; we’re immersed in a funhouse where French accents, much less actual French, are rarely attempted, but the other qualities of the time are faithfully rendered. At times, the film takes on the voluptuousness of one of Zhang Yimou’s Chinese epics, evoking in nearly tactile sensation the rasp of silk against milky skin or the restraining firmness of ladies undergarments. Coppola means to show us about the period, rather than tell us, and she also means for us to deeply empathize with this teen queen, a blond slip of a girl caught up by forces she never had cause to bother her silly head about. And so we share the splendid isolation of the profligate Marie and hear and see almost nothing of the struggles of her people.
   But there’s more to the movie than this “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” premise. One guesses that Coppola gets a lot of the historical particulars right and Kirsten Dunst, as Marie, supplies the right blend of up-to-the-minute hipness and period decorum.

Here's his "B+" review

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