Just finished watching the move Marie Antoinette and was shocked by the soundtrack. Since this was a period piece I figured they'd do something along the lines of The Libertine (brilliant) or Pride and Prejudice but they opted for a lot of pop songs (?????!!!!!!) While I can appreciate, "not doing the obvious" or "pushing the envelope" this particular decision was, IMO, terrible. The rest of the movie was beautiful, lovely cinematography, great acting, fantastic costumes, great story, but the music just killed it for me. One scene when a carriage carrying Marie Antoinette was underscored with a totally horrific pop piece that was so "out of context" it was hard to understand why they chose that piece. At a very eleboratly staged masked ball all of the people were dancing to another abismal pop song!
Again I do appreciate taking an artistic stab at things, Moulin Rouge's updated soundtrack worked well for me, but this has to go down as one of the worst decisions ever made. Sophia Coppola scored big (pardon the pun) with her decisions to use mostly pop songs in Lost In Translation, but she sure missed the boat here. Not only was it totally distracting and did not support the film or enhance the period it was mixed brutally. One piece came screaming through the speakers so much louder than the rest. Dialogue was often smashed by a senseless pop piece.
I love pop music and write a lot of it. I love Sophia Coppola's work. I just can't belive that that anybody at the screening watched this and thought, "Yup, the music is perfect"
I have read so many times that a soundtrack should support the film, not distract it. This soundtrack made you painfully aware that it "was there" absolutely demolishing the beauty of the rest of the crafts in the film. And one last thing, it couldn't have been budget as the costumes alone were done to the hilt, as were the sets, acting, etc.
All the very best,