Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Marie Antoinette

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola introduces viewers to a naive teenage girl not ready to be Queen of France in MARIE ANTOINETTE, a movie more in tune with the 21st century than the historic time in which Marie lived. Think PRETTY IN PINK meets ELIZABETH, but without the clarity and entertainment value of either film.

Still, casting Kirsten Dunst in the lead role here made sense. She excels at projecting the bewilderment of a young girl suddenly placed in a position of such high visibility. And she looks absolutely stunning in those elaborate period costumes designed by Milena Canonero.

Unfortunately, the film comes across as a series of vignettes instead of a cohesive story. Adding to my disappointment, too much fuzzy cinematography and indecipherable whispering made MARIE ANTOINETTE the most annoying film I have watched since MIAMI VICE.

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