Saturday, March 03, 2007

MARIE ANTOINETTE

MARIE ANTOINETTE may have won the Oscar for costume, but otherwise it's a complete crapfest. It's almost impossible to begin to describe the oh-so-many things wrong with it. Even before the first frame of picture, we hear contemporary music. OK, if you want to contemporize a historical film, fine, but go all-out. Half of the film uses Rameau as score, yet we get Bow Wow Wow as source music? Doesn't make much sense.

Kirstin Dunst and Jason Schwartzman are terribly cast. Two American actors playing French, acting in English with American accents, yet Judy Davis has a British accent, and when they see a play it's in French. Huh?

Anyway, nothing in the movie works. The first 15 minutes of the film are the world's longest cab ride. In film school we'd call this "movement through space," which isn't exactly the most interesting thing in the world to watch. This pretty much establishes the pacing for the entire film. By the end, we don't see any of the French revolution, as the filmmakers apparently shot their wad on costumes, food porn, and pop songs.

Save yourself the trouble. Rent LOST IN TRANSLATION again instead.
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