Monday, March 1, 2010
Coco Before Chanel (Yes, I'm using the English translation of the title. So?) tells the story of fashion designer Coco Chanel, well, before she became known as Coco Chanel. Not many movies tell the their entire plot in their title so you got to hand it that. But if you're interested in that kind of thing - interested in biopics with awesome clothes - then this is probably you're kind of thing. It was my kind of thing, for the most part: I liked the costumes, the French country side, the scenes of the heart in turmoil, the enchanting Audrey Tautou but I'm afraid I didn't come away with much of how one starts in the fashion designing business. Seems Chanel always had a knack for it and once she got a backer, she was fabulously successful. End of story. Maybe that's how the fashion business works but I was hoping for a little more. Still, it was just a buck at the Redbox - surprisingly, the line of people ahead of us weren't there to rent this one - so it was well worth it. Faint praise? Maybe so. But it's a little more than a slight wisp of a movie, perfect for when everything else you want to see has already been rented.