A few months ago, in a post about having seen the movie, Les Miserables, I wrote of the wonderful actor, Helena Bonham Carter; “… she must be getting tired of that ‘look’. If I look just at her costumes, hair and makeup I would be hard pressed to differentiate this character from her roles in “Sweeney Todd”, ”Fight Club” and the “Harry Potter” movies.” I was reminded of that recently seeing the trailer for the movie The Lone Ranger.
In doing a little research I realize I was wrong in my original assessment. Not only are the looks very different but they show a clear progression.
In Fight Club her hair was black and tangled. The eyes were an homage to Rocky Racoon and the dress was tattered and black.
Sweeney Todd continued the theme in makeup but the hair is clearly longer. Most significantly, the tattered black dress was accessorized with tattered black gloves.
By the time Bellatrix Lestrange appeared on-screen in the Harry Potter films, the look was clearly developing. The tangled hair is even longer and now, with proper lighting, looks only half black. The makeup was more subtle; more of a glamorous, really well-dressed, racoon. The dress is still black tatters but she’s gone to long sleeves and lost the gloves. I don’t know why I thought this look was so similar to the previous iterations. And yet it seems somehow familiar….
By Les Miserables the progression had moved into warp speed. The hair is blond now (everyone has roots from time to time). There is hardly even a hint of racoon in the makeup and she has abandoned the black tattered look for a much warmer, more sophisticated, polychromatic, tattered look.
And, coming soon to a theater near you, The Lone Ranger takes is to where no tangled hair and tattered dress have gone before.
Well…..maybe once before….