‘Jeanne Du Barry’ (2023) Movie Review: A lot of pomp and beautiful visuals, but it falls flat in its narrative

Jeanne du Barry directed by Maiwenn and starring herself and Johnny Depp, takes us back to the France of Louis XV. This time around it follows the story of a young woman who rose to the highest echelon of the nobility of the time. Pacts, passion, scandals… all the necessary ingredients for a good story set in the French 18th century and the famous court of Versailles.

“Jeanne Du Barry” brings Johnny Deep back to the screen, all personal judgments aside, and in this historical drama, which is starred, written, and directed by Maïwenn.

If you don’t like it, you know who to blame.

It’s one of those grandiose films that showcase elaborate costumes and the splendor of a particular era. Does it achieve what it aims for? Does it engross us as viewers? To a certain extent, although it would have been nice if it had also tried to entertain us beyond just depicting the time period.

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Jeanne du Barry (2023)

Movie Review

Do you remember Barry Lyndon? Perhaps Kubrick’s least celebrated film in which Kubrick himself seems less like his usual self. “Jeanne Du Barry” has a similar structure and intentions, and like that film, it hasn’t been well received by critics, who have labeled it as pompous, insipid, and many other adjectives commonly associated with these period dramas about the French aristocracy.

Maybe Versailles is too impressive, and these palace stories don’t lend themselves to truly interesting storytelling (they managed to do it in a 2018 film called “The Favourite”), or maybe they do, but we have to agree with the critics and say that “Jeanne Du Barry” doesn’t convince or entertain with its story, and it merely offers good aesthetics and a convincing historical portrayal of pre-revolutionary France.

Johnny Depp doesn’t help either; he’s not particularly brilliant in this part, and seems to be there solely to boost the film’s commercial appeal with his name, and speaking his French.

The story of the main couple dissipates; it simply doesn’t fully develop in a screenplay that also doesn’t work in a film that, beyond its aesthetics, doesn’t seem to want to tell a compelling story.

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Jeanne du Barry (2023)

Our Opinion

A film that fails to stand out or transport us to the tragic love story it intends to portray, remaining on the surface of visually stunning landscapes and Versailles architecture.

The Star: Johnny Depp

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Movie Trailer

The Cast

Maïwenn
Maïwenn
Benjamin Lavernhe
Benjamin Lavernhe
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
Melvil Poupaud
Melvil Poupaud

Melvil Poupaud
Pascal Greggory
Ibrahim Yaffa
David Decraene

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Jeanne du Barry (2023)

Jeanne du Barry

Jeanne du Barry

Movie title: Jeanne du Barry

Movie description: The life of Jeanne Bécu, who was born the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and rose through the court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.

Date published: April 10, 2023

Country: France

Duration: 1h 53m

Director(s): Maiwenn

Writer(s): Teddy Lussi-Modeste, Maiwenn

Cinematography: Laurent Dailland

Music: Esteban Warbeck

Actor(s): Maiwenn, Johnny Depp, Melvil Poupaud, Pedro Ricardo, Pascal Gregorio, Benjamin Lavernhe, Noémie Lvovsky, Mariana Basler, David Decraen

Genre: Drama, History,

Companies: Why Not Productions, IN.2 Film, France Télévision, Wild Bunch International, Netflix

Our Opinion

A film that fails to stand out or transport us to the tragic love story it intends to portray, remaining on the surface of visually stunning landscapes and Versailles architecture.

Overall

2.6
Martin Cid
Martin Cid
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