I thought it was the perfect timing to see this movie. I loved the documentary Queen of Versailles. Now, I would get to see the real Versailles.

There are three types of movies I attend with low expectations – period pieces, westerns, and musicals. Yet I usually end up leaving having enjoyed the well-made ones.

The problem I had with this movie is that I went to a 10:30 p.m. showing. I had worked 11 hours prior to that, and an hour in, I was out like a light. I even woke myself up snoring. And that’s a shame, because it was good up to that point.

Director Benoit Jacquot seemed to capture the chaos around the court of Marie Antoinette in the days before the Revolution.

Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) plays Antoinette. I wasn’t familiar with the rest of the cast, or the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas from which the film is based.

Antoinette has an attendant named Sidonie, who reads to her. Sidonie slowly starts to weasel her way in.

There’s a man she seems interested in and….ZZZ.

I found the movie worked well to have such slow pacing, with everyone in the court not realizing what will be happening. Of course, that didn’t help as my eyelids grew heavy.

You’ll be hearing about the costumes come Oscar time (Christian Gasc, Valerie Ranchoux).

The movie was just over an hour and a half, so I had no excuse to miss a third of it by snoozing. Especially since it’s good (or at least what I saw of it).

It will certainly take the bad taste out of your mouth that Sofia Coppola left with her film Marie Antoinette; or maybe some chocolate cake will do the trick.

I’m giving this 3 ½ stars out of 5.