Crimson Peak - or Bad girls and Good Clothes
So we went to see Crimson Peak last night, after all the gushing fellow costumers had done I couldn't wait any longer.
* I've tried to talk about the movie in general terms and not spoiler things too much but if you like to go in knowing nothing you may want to wait until after you've seen the movie to read this...
So I'll start by saying I'm a HUGE fan of Victorian Gothic fiction. I own just about everything Wilkie Collins and J.S. LeFanu ever wrote, and numerous volumes of Victorian ghost stories besides, so I was looking forward to the story as well as the costumes. And while it was quite good I'm sorry to say it disappointed me on both counts. Part of my love of Victorian Sensation/Gothic fiction is the slow ramp of of tension, where everything seems slightly wrong, and to me this felt a bit too much like a modern horror film - more jump scares and less of that slow build of tension. While the antagonists were wonderfully wicked I was left feeling like the protagonists were less fully realized.
As far as the costumes go they were all certainly well-crafted and rich in color, but Mia Wasikowski definitely got the frumpy/dumpier of the costumes.
I mean really - would you rather wear this?
Or this? (My husband said she had Mother Hubbard clothes and Hilary Clinton hair!)
|I like the belt and the man, but those colors do nothing for poor Mia.|
I'd heard that DelToro wanted Mia's character to be sunny and light, like a butterfly, but to me she just seemed boring and/or odd and dumpy.
|Even my nightie is prettier than yours!|
|Help, I'm choking on ruffles!|
I know, the bad girl wasn't even wearing the same era clothing as the ingenue, and that certainly was part of the problem, natural form gowns are just more graceful to my eyes than ginormous 1890s sleeves. But they did give Mia a few nice outfits -
|While I'm not keen on this rather dull mustard color|
I thought it was a nice and flattering walking suit.
(But it's not reminding me of a butterfly AT ALL.)
And the ballgown she wore was also pretty. But in general she looked less like a butterfly and more like a bit of a drip. But then, I've always had a gothy side so gowns like these are just more appealing to me.
What did you think?