Period dramas are not my thing. It's just not the kind of film I gravitate towards to when I have choices in films. However, that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy them when I do end up watching them. Here are my choices for this week's theme.
Little Women - One of the things I liked about Gerwig's Little Women is that it stages the connection between Jo and the professor, and Laurie and Amy. I've only seen the 1994 version, and it spent a lot of time establishing the friendship between Laurie and Jo (and in turn, Laurie's devotion to Jo) that it becomes unrealistic that Laurie would shift his affections to Amy. I liked the non-linear storytelling; I thought it provided depth to the stories of the March family, instead of just sticking to Jo's story.
Marie Antoinette - When I first started watching Sofia Coppola's films, I have to admit that I found it a bit hard to get into her storytelling style. Her works are a hit-or-miss for me, but based on her filmography, I found her biopic on Marie Antoinette the most approachable film to watch on her repertoire. I think it helped that she chose to hone on a known figure in periodical history, as Marie Antoinette is also sometimes referred to in pop culture. I liked her take on the subject, though this film is her lowest rated film to date.
Far From the Madding Crowd - I can't really point out what makes this film so appealing to me. It might be the slow burn romance between Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba Everdeen. Maybe I just want to watch Matthias Shoenaerts in a swoon-worthy role. Either way, I liked the flow of the story; it had steady story progression. It wasn't too melodramatic (in my opinion, the scene in the forest is the extent of the melodrama) for me.