Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cake & More: Marie Antoinette

Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette

An edgy modern-rock soundtrack isn’t your only clue that this isn’t going to be the standard(read stuffy) re-telling of France’s fated final queen. Given the virtual “keys” to the storied Palace at Versailles, director Sofia Coppola zeroes in on the Austrian-born “teen queen” who quickly warmed to the excesses of the French court (there are literally gobs of cakes and other foods) and even managed to charm her cold fish of a husband into consummating their marriage and impregnate her (alas, its a girl). Even though Coppola injects a modern, quirky, even anachronistic tone, the pall of certain doom is inescapable. It certainly doesn’t undermine the acting, which is excellent across the board, especially from Dunst, in the title role, but also from Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI, lost in his own world and very comfortable. 

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