Critics seem lower than impressed by a brand new adaptation of Marie Antoinette set to air on BBC Two this night.

The interval drama, directed by Pete Travis and Geoffrey Enthoven and starring Emilia Schüle because the notorious teenage Queen of France, was panned as ‘like Love Island in Versailles’ that did not fairly reside as much as expectations.

After the primary sequence of the Canal+, PBS and BBC drama have been launched on iPlayer, critics have been fast to specific their disappointment at lacklustre intercourse scenes because the drama centered extra on hierarchy and a battle for energy than the artwork of seduction.

Others urged that the shiny interval drama, filmed on the Palaces of Versailles and Fontainebleau did not fairly meet the anticipation that had been created by ‘hyped chatter’.

The eight-part sequence begins with the Austrian royal arriving on the frosty French court docket the place she is considerably outcast and paperwork the primary decade of her life in France after she meets her husband, Louis XVI.

Nonetheless, based on one critic, this time period was the ‘least attention-grabbing a part of her life’, resulting in an outright ‘boring’ watch at instances.

Critics additionally urged that pleasure for the sequence had been additional fuelled by complaints from French media that the manufacturing was ‘insulting’ to the Queen’s reminiscence.

Critics have panned the new production of Marie Antoinette available on BBC iPlayer as it is released in the UK. Pictured: Emilia Schule as Antoinette

Critics have panned the brand new manufacturing of Marie Antoinette obtainable on BBC iPlayer as it’s launched within the UK. Pictured: Emilia Schule as Antoinette

Despite complaints over a 'stifled' script, critics praised the performances of Emilia Schile and Louis Cunningham as Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI

Regardless of complaints over a ‘stifled’ script, critics praised the performances of Emilia Schile and Louis Cunningham as Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI

In October, The Instances reported that Le Figaro, a conservative outlet in France, had known as for British and American filmmakers to be ‘banned’ from Versailles.

It panned the manufacturing for portray Marie Antoinette as a ‘militant feminist earlier than her time’ and depicting ‘an avalanche of scenes which might be usually vulgar, completely out of context and typically plain obscene’.

Following the outrage from some sections of French media, viewers and critics within the UK had seemingly hoped for an outpouring of scandal – however based on critiques, it was to not be… 

The Night Normal 

The Evening Standard's Elizabeth Gregory noted the eight-part drama did not live up to expectations built by outrage leading up to its release

The Night Normal’s Elizabeth Gregory famous the eight-part drama didn’t reside as much as expectations constructed by outrage main as much as its launch


The Night Normal’s Elizabeth Gregory laments that the extremely anticipated sequence which had proved incendiary to some historians ‘by no means reaches its scandalous potential’.

In her evaluation at a look, she claims the primary few episodes of the interval drama are ‘actually boring’ of their plot, making the purpose that the lavish units and costumes usually are not sufficient to carry it up.

Nonetheless, she praises the younger German actress’s depiction of the Austrian-born queen, who ‘fizzes with youthful attraction’.

She provides Louis Cunningham, who performs the younger Louis XVI, is equally charming in his position because the pair’s chemistry supplies ‘awkward fondness’. Because the sequence goes on, the couple’s story turns into extra compelling.

Nonetheless, Gregory takes difficulty with the concept Deborah Davis’s depiction of Marie Antoinette’s story is a ‘feminist retelling’ of the story.

She argues that earlier variations of the story, such because the 2006 manufacturing by Sofia Coppola, gave the character of the younger queen extra company.

Gregory provides that, after Davis’s success with The Favorite, an Oscar-winning movie starring Olivia Colman, viewers could also be tuning in to take pleasure in the identical fashion of witty, darkish writing the film grew to become recognized for. Nonetheless, based on Gregory, they are going to be upset.

She writes: ‘The peerlessly pitched spiky black humour to the movie author’s room: there’s none of that right here.’

Addressing the uproar in sure sections of French media over the ‘vulgar’ intercourse scenes within the sequence, Gregory claims: ‘None of those scenes are price a hissy match.’ 

Total, she describes the manufacturing as ‘deeply old school’ with ‘a dogged shortage of individuals of color among the many forged’.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph described the BBC, Canal+ and PBS series as being 'like Love Island in Versailles'

The Telegraph described the BBC, Canal+ and PBS sequence as being ‘like Love Island in Versailles’ 


The Telegraph‘s Jasper Rees claims ‘you understand what you are getting’ with the story of Marie Antoinette, referring to how she married into the French court docket, was claimed to have professed ‘allow them to eat cake’ when informed of how ravenous folks couldn’t afford bread, and finally was destined for the guillotine.

Discussing the content material of sequence one of many drama, which focuses on an earlier time in Marie Antoinette’s life, Rees speaks of ‘wall-to-wall intercourse’ which is akin to ‘Love Island en Versailles’.

He describes scenes wherein characters interact in intercourse video games and ‘practise’ on one another, in addition to the conjugal relationship between Antoinette and Louis wherein they attempt to have a child. 

Describing Schule as ‘extremely watchable as an unloved beginner in an totally overseas court docket’, Rees praises her depiction of the Queen as she ‘exudes much less and fewer innocence’. 

Nonetheless, other than a number of steamy scenes, he writes: ‘A lot of the well-upholstered drama centres on who’s in, out, up, down on the palace’s squash ladder.’

He provides: ‘The Bourbons – pouting second son, depraved aunts, snarky sister-in-law – don’t have anything to do however jostle for place and await the guillotine.’

The Up Coming 


Selina Sondermann for The Up Coming famous that the newest manufacturing of Marie Antoinette had doubtless been based mostly on Coppola’s 2006 model of the identical story – nonetheless she argues it lacks the unique director’s ‘inventive imaginative and prescient’.

Referring to the actors’ depictions of the archchess and King Louis XVI, she describes them as ‘childlike’ because the manufacturing alludes to the very fact they have been simply 14 and 15 years previous on the time of their marriage.

Nonetheless, Sondermann notes the characters’ ages usually are not referred to all through the sequence. 

She writes: ‘No cliché concerning the French is left untouched, be it their sense of hygiene or their desk manners.’

Whereas she notes there will probably be a lot debate concerning the historic accuracy of the manufacturing, Sondermann takes difficulty with what she describes as ‘stilted dialogue’ within the script.

Regardless of her disappointment with the sequence general, Sondermann praises Schule’s efficiency as a ‘good present, contemplating a few of the disconcerting materials she is given to work with.’

She argues the primary draw of the drama is the scheming between numerous royals and the King’s mistress, Madame du Barry – which is akin to ‘a enjoyable costume version for followers of EastEnders’.

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