Sunday, August 10, 2014

Love Fest: Natalie Portman in Closer

"Lying's the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off - 
but it's better if you do."

Life. Love. London.

If I were to apply the lessons learned from Closer (2004) to my current situation in life, what I would take from it is this: moving to London can be dangerous for the soul.

Without even getting into the damages of the detrimental love-square that these characters experience, my main concern is almost entirely concentrated on aesthetics. The thought of being run over by a taxi on a busy street wearing that coat and having that hair gives me chills.

Alice/Jane (Portman) may be a slightly naive free-spirit, but when the best part of your wardrobe is your stripper uniform, it's time to take a step back and re-prioritise your life. 

Costume designer extraordinaire Ann Roth definitely missed the mark with Natalie Portman in this film. Having previously done such a great job with Dressed to Kill (1980), Working Girl (1988), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Stepford Wives (2004), Mamma Mia! (2008) and others, I am rather disappointed.

Although, here's a slightly worrying thought: Alice's look when she eventually returns to New York is rather effortlessly chic. Is this because she's in New York or because she's single? Some women do seem to dress better when they've broken up with someone. 

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