George Co’s review published on Letterboxd:
The minute the first music is played I knew I was in for a treat. I’ve not really dug into Sofia Coppola’s filmography because between this and On the Rocks, I feel like I would be in the middle with most of her films.
Marie Antoinette is by far the better picture over her latest work and I completely adored watching this film. It is so damn pleasing to look at that you can’t really take your eyes and attention away from it. Its the few really aesthetically pleasing productions, sets, and costumes I’ve seen as of late. And I have to be honest, I didn’t really know much about the story of Marie Antoinette, and to learn that she was about 15 when she was already expected to bear an heir, is completely absurd to me. Plenty of other customs of the French monarchy are also on display to a point that it is just comedic.
So going back to that music, once the soundtrack continues to play in different scenes, I was starting to realize that wait a minute, what other music could I even listen to with what’s being shown. I just couldn’t think of any other music for this work and Coppola’s decision shows how she is willing to not fit into what would be a typical retelling of a 18th century period piece. This film though had many criticisms and misunderstandings, honestly feels like a teenage classic in my books. Oh and Kirsten Dunst is perfect in the titular role. Although, would it have been better if they actually casted a 15 year old girl, just so you could really tell the impact all the change one teenager would experience. Eh who knows, it still works despite that.