Producing the costumes for an entire set during the production of a period piece has to be overwhelming. Not only does everyone have to fit the era, but they also have to be presented in a way that is accepted by the viewing public. The costumes must stand out in some pleasant way that causes one to follow along the journey to the past. Jacqueline Durran achieves just that with “Mr. Turner,” blending the formal wear of the 1800’s with what one would wear in a casual setting as well. The costumes make the man in “Mr. Turner” as well. As Turner does not say much, his wardrobe speaks wonders to the man that he is. Whether he’s in his painting studio with his white button up shirt with the sleeves rolled up, or walking to his seaside getaway in a top hat and his folded up umbrella, Turner’s costumes are what help draw the viewers eye in, letting them get to know the mysterious painter.
What’s its competition? Every year there is a film like “Mr. Turner,” which steps into a certain era like the 1800’s and lands an Oscar nomination. But with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” doing the same thing, but on a much grander and creative way, along with Wes Anderson’s masterpiece also garnering a Best Picture nomination, this becomes “Mr. Turner” and Jacqueline Durran’s biggest threat. But the fantasy films could also prove an obstacle for this film, as they are also allowed some creativity to blow the minds of the Academy, while “Turner” stays tried-and-true, putting it at somewhat of a disadvantage. I would even go as far as to say “Inherent Vice” might stand above “Mr. Turner,” though the pundits appear to disagree with me on that notion. Regardless, Jacqueline Durran finds herself with her fourth nomination, one of which brought her the gold, “Anna Karenina” (2012), although that period piece offered much more creativity in the form of unforgettable formal gowns for the women.
// Produced by Georgina Lowe // Directed by Mike Leigh //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 31st, 2015 // Laemmle Playhouse // 29 films – 23 days //