Monday, September 9, 2013

The Queen of Versailles

The wife of the "Time Share King of Las Vegas" takes us on a tour of her life with her eight children as she prepares an expansive construction detail that will become the largest privately owned home in America at the same time her husband takes a devastating hit from the downturned economy. The Queen of Versailles is an all access, imperceptive, and witless portrait of excess and glut which begs the question of which is more baffling: why the filmmakers thought this would make for an interesting documentary or why so many critics and audiences actually thought that it did?