DVD Review: ‘Marie Antoinette’ pretty but shallow
Sofia Coppola received her worst reviews for her third turn in the director’s chair, a fresh biopic titled “Marie Antoinette.”
Kirsten Dunst, in her second go-round with Coppola (the first was 1999’s “Virgin Suicides”) plays the French queen, husband to Jason Schwartzman’s King Louis XVI.
Coppola, as usual, puts together an aesthetically pleasing picture with excellent scenery and costume work. The score also is strong, featuring a mix of modern and period music. This musical approach didn’t work too well in the medieval movie “A Knight’s Tale” (2001) — joust scenes with Queen, anyoneâ¢ — but Coppola makes it work here.
While these factors make the film appealing on the surface, you need only to scratch it to see how shallow “Marie Antoinette” is. Coppola’s film lacks in character and plot development.
The acting is passable, but characters pop in and out of Antoinette’s life with little explanation, and events take different turns for no reason. Unless you’re a history buff, you might feel lost in this one. You might just come out thinking Marie was the Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan of the 1700s, but maybe that was the point.
Extras include deleted scenes, and the making-of featurette is definitely worth a look, especially if you enjoyed the costumes. And Cribs feature gives you a tour of Louis XVI’s residences.
Rent it: If you want to party like it’s 1759.