After watching the Academy Awards, we noticed something. The Academy loves good costumes. They also love nostalgia. Either way, without the Silver Screen delivering up some truly iconic apparel, we would be less than inspired with our own costumes.
Looking forward to 2008 we picked our top movies with costumes worth noting. It’s not with ease that we have done so, as finding a diverse group of competitors is about as hard as picking a favorite skittles flavor. But, don’t fret… we’ve come up with a short list that you’re free to shred apart. So, without further wordy blabber…
5. Son of Rambow – I may be guilty for choosing this one simply because I’m charmed by the trailer. However, there are good reasons for this pick.
The film is about a couple of boys who decide to make films. With enough passion to compensate for budget and know-how, they set out to make an action film so clever that everyone they know wants in on it. Homebrewed stunts and plastic toys for props end up giving the film all the necessary looks to be successful.
Why we picked it: Who doesn’t remember getting ambitious to make movies as a youngin’? It’s just enough nostalgia to make you wish you still had videos of the times you did similar films. Although nothing fancy, the costumes in the film are dead on for the right message.
4. JJ Abrams’ Star Trek – JJ Abrams is up to something big. He’s no slouch when it comes to making a name for himself, and now he’s taking on a juggernaut of a film production. Although the teaser trailer for this movie doesn’t give much in way of plot, and nothing as far as costumes go, we all know that Star Trek boasts some of the biggest costume fans in existence.
Why we picked it: You can almost bet Trump his fortune that JJ Abrams will add his own personal touch. What’s better than seeing a classic series with a new take. There’s bound to be a new look and feel. What’s more is that Star Trek’s setting demands some clever, out of this world costuming that piques the imagination enough to induce immersion. We have high expectations here.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspain: Fantasy has always been a great setting for incredible costuming. Fans of the C.S. Lewis series are ready for another installment. Some of the costume work found in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was nothing short of the same genius we all saw with Pan’s Labyrinth. This time the film goes back to Narnia, and the children are about to find out a lot more of Narnia’s darker side.
Why we picked it: It’s simply not enough these days to just remake a film. Narnia’s first installment was nothing short of epic, and we were ready for more. But what makes the story and visuals so compelling is the merging of 2 worlds into one. Try blending styles, images, and echoes of an era into a fantasy setting that is unique enough to be it’s own, and you’ll find an on screen juxtaposition that feels like eye candy.
2. The Dark Knight: Once Christopher Nolan released his new take on the Batman franchise, Batman Begins, it mounted up to the top of the tops for comic book remakes. With a new feel of earnest mysteriousness not to be taken lightly, the film recreated the character. This time, he’s roped in the late Heath Ledger to play the Joker. Not too much is known about the film, but it does look to outdo it’s predecessor and remain a classic.
Why we picked it: Have you seen the new Joker? It’s amazing what a creative mind can redo with a bit of personal touch. We’re more than excited to see how this ultra-creepy but unbearably cool new villain will turn the Batman image into. It’s faithful yet interpretive of the original, and we LOVE that.
1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Sure, we’ve mentioned this one before. There’s a lot of buzz about Spielberg’s new addition to the Indiana Jones films. Some good, some bad, but all very curious. This time, Indy is older and he brought his son for the adventure.
Why we picked it: Well, there are elements that I can take from every one of the previously mentioned films going into this production. The costumes are going to be total throwbacks, and extremely honoring of the series. Is that a bad thing though?
No, in fact we wouldn’t have it any other way. Anyone going to see this movie wants to get a real Indiana Jones experience. It’s all about feeling the same adventure, same wit, and same sense of excitement we felt in the first three. The early twentieth century rustic adventurer look is completely defined by the movies, and it has inspired costumes for years.
So then, what do you think? Did we miss anything essential? Add your comments to the bottom.