Posthumously nominated, Eiko Ishioka is up for an Oscar for Best Costume Design for her work on Tarsem Singh’s Snow White adaptation, “Mirror Mirror”. Although I completely agree with the nomination, with some of the strongest costumes of 2012, the film itself is disastrous. But the brilliance of the costumes helps to at least accentuate the beauty of the film, if nothing else.
Ishioka was no stranger to awards, having won the Oscar for Best Costume Design in 1992 for her work on Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”.
Will Ishioka win her last award this year? Sadly, I think not. In a huge year for period pieces, “Lincoln” and “Les Miserables” are both strong competitors in all categories, not to mention some stronger costume design in the Snow White rival film “Snow White and the Huntsman”, I’m afraid Ishioka’s final achievement will simply be the nomination itself.
Despite the lovely Lily Collins, her portrayal of Snow White is not enough to save this film from falling into the unbearable, thanks to some odd choices from Tarsem Singh. Although the costume design is brilliant, the rest of the film is utter garbage, with Julia Roberts’ worst performance to date, an odd choice in casting for the seven dwarves, and half-hearted performances (and who can blame them) from Nathan Lane and Armie Hammer. “Mirror Mirror” is best left unseen on all accounts.
// Produced by Ryan Kavanaugh, Bernie Goldmann, Brett Ratner, & Kevin Misher // Directed by Tarsem Singh // Costume Design: Eiko Ishioka //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 12th, 2013 // NETFLIX // 35 films – 44 days //