I Liked It!
My main fear, on entering a screening of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette was that it would portray the pre-Revolutionary French upper class as glamorous and interesting. The moment Gang of Four's "Natural's Not In It" started blasting from the theatre soundsystem, I knew I had nothing to worry about.
Sofia's aristocrats are an unattractive bunch, for the most part: they're privilege cushioned by a smug sense of entitlement; they're indulgence desiccated by a regime of strict social ritual; they're senses eroded by years of petty sniping and gossip; they're minds numbed by the reassuring mundanity of the socioeconomic order; reveling in the banality of their evil and the crapulance their of repulsive Anti-Glam.
Much like the contemporary ruling class, naturally. Of course, most of them can't be blamed, exactly. Like the rest of us, the truly privileged are generally just happy to play their little parts in perpetuating the status quo. They're just lucky to actually benefit from it more than we do, objectively speaking.
Anyway, into this unappealing milieu comes Marie Antoinette - a dreamer whose Pro-Glam can't be crushed by the machinations of The System. Clearly Sofia has more important things on her mind than historical accuracy.
The film sounds great too, by the way: important dialogue is audaciously buried into the general ambient hubbub; pivotal scenes are soundtracked by new wave hits remixed by Kevin Shields(!)
What's remarkable is how un-pop it all is - in spite of the music and the punky graphics. It's more stylized than stylish; more thought provoking than thrill providing. It's brilliantly, subtly realized and the middle-brow film critics will never understand it.