Nick’s review published on Letterboxd:
Marie Antoinette is one of Sofia Coppola's most controversial works, because Marie Antoinette was such a controversial figure herself, and Coppola's decision to humanize her uneventful journey, despite its unaffected sincerity, ultimately feels elitist. However, there's no denying that Coppola's creation of a visually striking world for that equal parts lush and hollow era is nothing short of a modern amazement.
Costume Design winner at the Oscars, Marie Antoinette is simply blinding with its abundant offerings of retro costumes and sugary set designs that ironically contrast gorgeously with Coppola's ingenious selections of modern indie soundtracks, which ultimately replace the dated glow of the story with a rehashed twist. The central star of the project, however, has to be Kristen Dunst, whose performance was truly a revelation to say the least. Dunst is not Blanchett or Winslet, but given the right role, she has all the tools to transform into the perfect character. Here, her rendition of the famed French queen is exactly what Coppola's intended, an emotionally tortured woman with the weight of the world on her shoulders to carry. She played by the rules in a man's world, and explored her own womanhood along the way without a care in the world, something her less privileged counterparts never had a chance to experience. She made mistakes, and ultimately paid for it, and that's exactly what gives her life story its ultimate adrenaline push and realistic touch.
Just like Antoinette herself, movies about her are impossible to cater to all groups of people, but there are definitely moments of glory and brilliance in Marie Antoinette that's undeniable, whether you agree with Coppola's personal interpretations or not.