Kirsten Dunst portrays the legendary Queen of France Marie-Antoinette in the film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. In fact, the film is loosely based on the historical biography Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser, which retells the story of Marie-Antoinette from her arranged marriage with Louis XVI at the age of 14 to her reign as the Queen of France and ultimately the fall of Versailles.
The French government granted special permission for the production team to film almost the whole movie in the Palace of Versailles where the real Marie-Antoinette lived. With realistic and beautiful location, the cinematography of the film is certainly marvelous. However, I disagree with Sofia Coppola‘s interpretation of Marie-Antoinette as a young and spoiled teenage girl. Even though the director stated that she wanted to depict Marie-Antoinette with more human feeling as if she lived in our modern time, it seems to be out of place with the grand Palace of Versailles and the elegant costumes she wears. The script is a huge draw back in this movie and it ruined all good combination of props and sets and locations of the film. The film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and I am no doubt about it as it’s the only part that seems to be right in the film.
All in all, the film is an eye-candy as it shows a glorious view of the Palace of Versailles and French prestigious royal life-style. On the contrary, don’t expect much of the storyline and Kirsten Dunst‘s acting. It’s too lame to ask for more.
2 Stars out of 5 – The movie is sweet but leaves no impression behind.