Thursday, March 4, 2010

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Costume Design

You know I wouldn't have seen this had it not been for the Oscar nomination... and how did it get it? Despite the tempting title (Chanel! Chanel!), the costumes really don't reach the level of expectations. They are underplayed and I haven't seen one big impressing costume piece. Other than that, Coco is a standard biopic.
And not really a good one. It's too by the book in a way and it lacks creativity or... something to really care about. I think they chose the wrong period in her life or didn't twist enough the supporting characters. Audrey is ok, but not great. The ending is a failure and the film slowly goes nowhere when it should've hit a bang in a big finale.
My rating for the film: 5/10. Seriously, what was it with the ending and those costumes?! What era was that? Even if 20s or 30s (hard to believe for the story), some of the dresses looked like 1980.

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