The Curt Critic featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

The Curt Critic in the news: This recent Wisconsin State Journal article is validation that Liz Zélandais' quest to see all 53 Oscar-nominated films for 2013 is a fascinating enterprise worthy of public interest, rather than merely nuts.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mirror, Mirror - 2013 Oscar Nominee for Best Costume Design

"Who's the fairest of them all?" 

Of the two Snow White remakes delivered in 2012, Snow White and the Hunstman wins hands-down for best overall movie, but Mirror, Mirror has it for campy humor and Costume Design (for which both films are nominated). Mirror, Mirror, a light confection spun with a touch of spice, is also less intense and more suitable for younger kids.

Julia Roberts vamps nicely as the evil queen, and Lily Collins (who auditioned for the part of Snow White in Huntstman but lost to Kristen Stewart) is a suitably spunky Snow. Nathan Lane plays Nathan Lane as the queen's assistant. The dwarves—real dwarves, not the controversy-stirring CGI-enhanced regular-height actors of Huntsmanare the touchstone of the film with beguiling "attachments", stunts, and personalities.

This was the last film on which costume designer Eiko Ishioka worked prior to her death in January 2012. (She won the Best Costume Design Oscar in 1993 for Dracula.) Her costumes, while beautiful and elaborate, have had a reputation for discomfort. During the making of The Cell, Jennifer Lopez asked if her costume could be less restrictive, to which Ishioka replied, "No, you're supposed to be tortured."

According to Julia Roberts, her costumes for Mirror, Mirror were heavy and made moving a challenge. During one take, while wearing a costume estimated to weigh 60 pounds, she turned too quickly toward co-star Nathan Lane and pulled a thigh muscle.

Other than that, at least according to the American Humane Association, no animals were harmed in the making of this picture.

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