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When betrothed to King Louis XVI, the naive Marie Antoinette enters the opulent French court which is steeped in conspiracy and sandal. Without guidance, adrift in a dangerous world, the young girl rebels against the isolated atmosphere at Versailles and becomes France's most misunderstood monarch.
Drama - A very slow moving look into the lives of royalty in the late
sixteen-hundreds. The story shows the extreme ceremony and shielded
lives of unbelievable opulence these privileged people lived. It
goes a full two hours before any scandal or intrigue happens and
then it's over before showing the fate suffered by the royal family
at the hands of the mob.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 77 moviegoers:Professional movie critic reviews range from Below Average to Excellent. Moviegoer opinions seem to also be all over the place. Unfortunately, a very high percentage rated "Marie Antoinette" very low and many even rated it terrible. With opinions this mixed I'm afraid there's no way I can accurately predict your probability of enjoying this movie. You might be one of the lucky few who really enjoy "Marie Antoinette," but your chances are low.
Some of the negative comments were that it was "slow," "long" and "boring." If the incredible scenery and costumes are enough to satisfy you then you are the only one I would recommend this movie to.
King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), the naïve Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst)
at the age of 14, she is thrown into the opulent French court which is steeped in
conspiracy and scandal. Alone, without guidance, and adrift in a dangerous
world, the young Marie Antoinette rebels against the isolated atmosphere at
Versailles and, in the process, becomes France's most misunderstood monarch.
Kirsten Dunst stars as the youthful princess whose fateful life became the stuff of
myth and legend. The story begins when 14-year-old Marie Antoinette is whisked
away from her family and friends in Vienna, stripped of all her possessions and
deposited in the sophisticated and decadent world of Versailles, the lavish royal
court near Paris.
Marie Antoinette is merely a pawn in an arranged marriage meant to solidify the
harmony between two nations. Her teenage husband, the Dauphin Louis (Jason
Schwartzman), is heir to the French throne. But Marie Antoinette is ill prepared to
be the kind of ruler for whom the French populace yearns. Beneath her finery,
she's a sheltered, frightened and confused young woman, surrounded by vicious
detractors, insincere flatterers, puppet masters and gossips. Trapped by the
conventions of her station in life, Marie Antoinette must find a way to fit into the
complex and treacherous world of Versailles.
Adding to her woes is the indifference of her new husband, Louis. Their marriage
goes unconsummated for an astonishing seven years. The awkward future king
proves to be a disaster as a lover, sparking grave concerns (and relentless
gossip) that Marie Antoinette will never produce an heir.
Overwhelmed and distraught, Marie Antoinette seeks refuge in the decadence of
the French aristocracy and in a secret love affair with the alluring Swedish Count
Fersen (Jamie Dornan). Her indiscretions are soon the talk of France.
Whether she is being idealized for her impeccable style or vilified for being
unforgivably out of touch with her subjects, reaction to Marie Antoinette is always
extreme. Yet, slowly, as she matures, she begins to find her way as a wife,
mother and Queen — only to be tragically swept up in a bloody revolution that
alters France forever.