Monday, October 23, 2006

Kirsten Dunst Doesn't Equal Box Office Gold

"Marie Antoinette" opened this weekend to less-than-stellar box office numbers. This might shock some as Sofia Coppola's mix of 80s Music and French decadence might sound slightly awesome, but mainly have looked pointedly at its star, Kirsten Dunst, as the culprit.

Kirsten Dunst isn't really a stellar actress. I will not deny that she was awesome in "Interview with the Vampire" and that "Bring it On" is one of my favorite movies of all time but it has really been downhill since then. Anyone that has seen her forced performance in "Elizabethtown" can attest to the fact that outside of the teen movie genre she is a bit "blah".

Movie critics aren't the only ones that have a problem with the movie. Historians have called her performance "frightful" and taken issue with the fact that this "biographical" movie isn't really based on actual facts. Responding to this, Kirsten Dunst said, "It's kind of like a history of feelings rather than a history of facts. So don't expect a masterpiece theatre, educational Marie Antoinette biopic."

"Kind of like a history of feelings"? I can't believe why this would have been booed at the Cannes Film Festival?

Maybe Kirsten Dunst should go back to teen movies. "Bring It On 4" anyone?

This review was the inspiration for my Kirsten Dunst moment today. [IDontLikeYouInTHatWay]

Brian said...

A history of feelings, huh? That's about the most content-free thing I have ever seen. Also, it's not. It in no way chronicles feelings throughout the pages of time. If it were indeed such a history, I ask why the Marie Antoinette-centricity, seeing as feelings existed prior to and following this time period. If this story in no way relies on the actual facts associated with its characters and places to convey its message of feelings, why does it bill itself as such?

Reel Fanatic said...

Having seen Marie Antoinette a while back, I have to say I think Kirsten Dunst did fine with the material given her to work with by Sofia, in this case a train wreck of a movie that only intermittently was as fun as she apparently thought it would be ... that said, I would definitely go see Kirsten in another Bring It On, showing off her true assets

Anonymous said...

saw this horrible horrible movie with this awful actress. yes, she's better off doing simplistic films jiggling the jugs. she's good at it.

if she didn't have sofia, it would have been much worse. dunst is a one trick pony playing the same broken record - caricature of the naive, vulnerable melancholy and sexy creature yet in some instances perky and all of a sudden braless.

kinda phoney - yeah!