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Tableaux Vivants

Wow, I will never be the gayest alumnus of my high school as long as Bill Condon walks the earth. Dreamgirls has a lot going for it, but it's hard to ignore the overpowering pinkness of a movie that signifies character development with wig and costume changes, with the occasional help of a musical number. And a big, sassy black lady.

Speaking of story-telling through costume changes, I also saw Marie Antoinette this weekend, which lacked all the pizzazz that Dreamgirls has in bucketloads. Yes, Versailles looked very, very pretty. Would it have killed Sophia Coppola to leave some room for a little acting now and then? Tableaux vivants, knowing smirks, and pop music do not make a good movie on their own. Actually, they can, but not well enough for this particular story. And yeah, I get that the mish-mash of accents was an artistic choice, but it was really damn annoying.


Comments (1)

1) typegirl: I was incredibly let down by Marie Antoinette as well. The soundtrack—a must have by the way—had me incredibly excited for this entirely new angle on her life. But the more patiently I sat through the movie the more bored I became until I just turned it off. Yes, I agree with you, Versailles, the costumes, and the cinematography, are gorgeous. But not enough to keep me sitting for the entire film. (Feb 25, 2007 11:33 PM)

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