Dreamlike portrait, with a hip, contemporary soundtrack, of France’s ill-fated queen from her years as a teenager in Versailles to the end of her reign during the French Revolution at the end of the 18th Century.
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Coppola transposes her own story to that of the title character; a little rich girl thrust into a position of public notoriety that she cannot comprehend. In doing so, exaggerates the naiveté & creates a more piercing feminist commentary on the way the character is destroyed, not through her own inherently childish decadence, but through the poor decisions of her husband & the loveless circumstances she's to endure.
subtle, poetic, and modulated direction by coppola. people too easily write it off as artificial, but in truth there's so much understated, and quite often complex emotion behind its seemingly banal surface. the backlash against this film is confounding and i've found so much criticism of it to be overly dismissive and simplistic.
This film's biggest problems were the final's act's uneven pacing and Dunst's good, but not great acting. However, as a whole I did really like it! The ending packed a huge punch and the visuals were astonishing. I really respected Coppola choosing not to portray her as villainously as history thinks of her. A very interesting portrayal of a naive woman thrown into extraordinary circumstances.
coppolla junior knows how to have a good old bit of unprentenscious, comic fun without making the mistake of wavering her subject in the arms of pretensciousness. she has a real unmistakeable style, she has a new slant on this history. and with her recurring actors, unmistakeable visuals and screenwriting genius, she is in my estimation more of a traditional autuer than her father.