'Double Feature: Little Women/Marie Antoinette'
(Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Christian Bale, et al / Blu-ray / PG + PG-13 / 2019 / Mill Creek Home Entertainment)
Overview: Louisa May Alcott's classic coming-of-age story follows the childhood adventures of the four free-spirited March sisters: beautiful Meg (Trini Alvarado), fragile Beth (Claire Danes), romantic Amy (Kirsten Dunst) and impetuous Jo (Winona Ryder), who's determined to defy social conventions by seeking her fame and fortune as a writer.
Academy AwardŽ winner Sofia Coppola (2003, Best Writing, Lost In Translation) directs an electrifying yet intimate re-telling of the turbulent life of history's favorite villainess, Marie Antoinette.
Kirsten Dunst portrays the ill-fated child princess who married France's young and indifferent King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman).
Blu-ray Verdict: First up is 'Little Women' (1994) and I have to say I absolutely adored this remake of the classic story. I thought the whole movie was superb and perfectly cast and I'm really glad this remake was done with these actors.
Watching this movie made me enraptured with this time period and made me also want to know these people. The story wasn't changed and the movie's warmth and gentleness were still as luminous as ever. No flashiness at all just magnificent storytelling and it was really superb to see.
With so many movies oriented toward violence, anger, brutality and so forth, 'Little Women' is a genuine breath of fresh air. I love all types of movies, but where would we be without an occasional heartwarming, uplifting (well, at times) classic like this?
Next is 'Marie Antoinette' (2006). This movie isn't a glorification of superficiality; it's the story of a woman who was taken as a young girl and forced into a society that had no place for depth or feeling, especially for a woman.
Thus, she escapes by throwing herself into frivolity. Sofia Coppola does a fantastic job capturing the meandering, shallow, every-day-is-the-same feeling that must have dominated the aristocracy of the time.
No, this movie doesn't concern itself with the politics of the day, nor does it blame Marie for not involving herself. This movie may seem at times to be a sequence of pictures, but the point is that that was what life was like for these people; a constant sequence of material possessions and sweet pastries.
And Marie was caught in the middle of it all, without an outlet for her feelings, and unable to know any better. So, for me, this makes this a most fantastic movie and, quite easily, one of the best ever made. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
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