November 12, 2006

America's Most Overrated Writer/Director

Tonight we saw Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Overall I liked the movie. The cinematography and costumes were gorgeous, and I really like both Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman. The person I don't like, however, is writer/director Sofia Coppola. I get that she was trying to be all edgy and artistic using 80s music (like New Order and The Cure, both of whom I happen to like) but it just came across as weird.

Wikipedia says: "In several 2006 interviews, Sofia Coppola suggests that her highly stylized interpretation is very modern in order to humanize the historical figures involved. She has taken great artistic liberties with the source material and the film does not focus simply on historical facts — 'It is not a lesson of history. It is an interpretation documented, but carried by my desire for covering the subject differently.'"

I suggest that her highly stylized interpretation is just overreaching and gimicky. I didn't like Lost in Translation, particularly the ending, so I shouldn't have been surprised to dislike the ending of Marie Antoinette either. It's a mystery to me why Lost in Translation was met with such acclaim. After watching Marie Antoinette, it's still a mystery to me.

Posted by Shelby at November 12, 2006 01:16 AM

Actually, I have to disagree with you on "Lost In Translation." I LOVED the movie, although I too wasn't too keen on the ending. I think Bill Murray should have gotten the Oscar soley for his rendition of Elvis Costello's "Peace, Love, and Understanding" during that scene at the karaoke bar.

I haven't seen this movie Marie Antonette and probably wont even IF you had a glowing review.

Posted by: Katrina Rosiak at November 12, 2006 08:01 AM

I agree with Shelby on Lost in Translation. I hated it...for the same reasons you listed. I had higher hopes for Marie Antionette though. Too bad.
Anyone else see "Little Miss Sunshine"? Best movie of the year...

Posted by: Sherri at November 14, 2006 10:21 AM
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