Movie Ticket Weekly “Captain America: The First Avenger”

Overall, it seems that Marvel has done well for itself in the movie theaters, rounding out the year with the success of Captain America: The First Avenger this past opening weekend. And while this is the final film for the year it has now opened the doors to the greatly anticipated The Avengers film that is due out in May of next year.

We as the audience are witnessing another origin story of a popular super hero. Set during World War II, the tale revolves around Steve Rogers. Repeatedly, he tries to join the Army but at the beginning of the film we are shown that he has been rejected four times. Steve proves that the true measure of man is found within the heart and compassion he has for his fellow human being when he is constantly judged for his small and weak appearance. In fact, it is these exact qualities that helps him to stand out above everyone else as the first soldier to be selected for an experiment that leads to his becoming of Captain America. It is, at it’s core, a story showing just what an underdog character is capable of and seeing them get the chance they deserve to prove themselves.

My only complaint with the movie itself is that at the time he pulls on the costume of Captain America, a good chunk of the film is nothing but montages. It works for the most part but it can become tedious after awhile. In comparison with the entire film though it’s a small gripe and does little to diminish how much I enjoyed watching it. Plus, the use of the classic uniform design at first was well done and had moviegoers grinning in amusement at how it was put to use.

The casting worked extremely well too. The last super hero movie that Chris Evans had starred in was the Fantastic Four franchise with him in the role of Johnny Storm. Admittedly I was skeptical at first because the two characters are so different but Evans showed off his acting ability by fitting into the role of Rogers seamlessly. Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci and Hugo Weaving are always a delight to see in films, so seeing them in the same movie made it all the more entertaining. The use of CGI was not overwhelming, the explosions left my ears ringing and the make-up for Weaving’s character, Red Skull, was amazing.

One note worth mentioning too is that the soundtrack is composed by Alan Silvestri, who is responsible for fantastic soundtracks such as the Back to the Future Trilogy, Flight of the Navigator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and both Night at the Museum films, just to name a few. Captain America is just another addition to his long roster of wonderful projects.

With this movie finally debuting, the stage is finally set for The Avengers. In fact, for those who sit through the credits of the movie they are treated to a teaser trailer for that movie, giving us glimpses of what to expect, including the return of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk.

Super hero costumes are always popular all year round and not just on Halloween. Unfortunately we had sold out of the classic Captain America costume before the movie’s release on Friday, however, we will be getting in a shipment of the brand new Captain America costume before the end of the month! Designed by Disguise, the full body jumpsuit costume includes the boot covers, utility belt and the mask-hood. Now the shield is sold separately but we will get that in stock as well and it measures at being 24” in diameter. Keep an eye on our Twitter as well as our Facebook page for updates!

Movie Ticket Weekly “X-Men: First Class”

This is the start of a new weekly blog installment here for Frankel’s Costumes! My name is Maegen and throughout the summer I will be attending the movies every weekend, checking out the newest summer films to review not only the movie but the costumes too. So without further ado, welcome to the first review of “Movie Ticket Weekly” where I take a look at 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class!

Now, I must admit right off the bat that my knowledge of the X-Men universe is restricted to the first two movies and the two animated series. I have yet to go read the comics so my knowledge as to how accurate the plot of the film itself is limited. But, with that said, this was a movie I found myself enjoying immensely despite that. After hearing what had happened with both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I was very skeptical as to how this would go. I have to say I do not regret paying full price for this and, in fact, would pay to see it a second time with my friends when they do.

With the exception of the last ten minutes of the film, everything was well-paced and easy to follow. There was character development to enjoy, in particularly Raven, and the bromance relationship between Xavier and Erik were the highlight moments of it all. I will refrain from revealing any spoilers but during the montage of the pair seeking out mutants to recruit, there is one meeting in particular that had the entire audience cheering and roaring with laughter when I went to it. The movie does have it’s fair share of faults though. As I mentioned before, it seemed as if the team behind this film felt they weren’t going to get a sequel so they essentially crammed everything important into the last ten minutes. These elements would have done so well if elaborated properly in a second movie. But all around First Class had more shining moments than faults going for them, which is why I can highly recommend others to see it.

On the costume and make-up aspect, the most notable ones are that of Mystique, Beast and Azazel. You’re going to need quite a lot of blue or red body and face paint to paint yourself in the right color. Or in the case of Beast, a lot of synthetic fur. Mystique is the same as she was in the first movie trilogy and it’s just as stunning as ever at the job the make-up artists for that film have done. At this time we do have Emma Frost in stock and I will be keeping an eye out for anymore this year. But as far the others costumes go the only notable designs are that of their suits as they partake in stopping a war from breaking out between Russia and the United States at Cuba. I’m not sure if Disguise (the company who has the rights to the X-Men franchise) will have this available in time for Halloween, but if so, I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

On the downside if I had not known in advance that this movie was taking place in the 1960’s I never would have guessed. The costumes just did not appear to be from the 60s. There were hints here and there, but there just was not enough of a difference in clothing to distinguish what decade it was set in.

But all in all, this is one film you should not miss out this summer. This looks like a good summer for the Marvel Franchise. First with Thor and now X-Men: First Class. Let’s see if they can keep this going when Captain America: The First Avenger debuts later this summer!



Jack Skellington Costume

The great thing about Halloween is having the chance to dress up as anything. Mix and match any idea a person possibly think of and it’s perfectly acceptable to wear on Halloween. Nothing is safe from this night of fun and dress-up: not even the other holidays! There is one particular character has proven this to be fact, a dead man who found himself captivated by the spirit of Christmas and wanted to make it his own!

From the infamous film by the mind of Tim Burton, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a story about a skeleton by the name of Jack Skellington who finds himself ridiculously bored of Halloween. Now, this doesn’t bode very well. After all, the holiday itself is essentially the town he lives in! But on one fateful day though, while out walking his ghost dog in the woods, the skeleton man stumbles across a peculiar group of trees with the strangest of doors carved into the trunks. Curiosity may have killed the cat but Jack was far too intrigued to just ignore this little find. Little did he realize that beyond the door shaped like a Christmas tree that once through it, his after life was to be changed forever! And now you too can dress the part of this clever yet child-like fellow!

Fans of this movie will be happy to know that Disguise has been kind enough to provide for us a Jack Skellington costume to be worn this Halloween season! This two-piece costume is perfect for anyone looking to dress the part of the Pumpkin King himself. The pin-stripe jacket is made from polyester and is very lightweight. In the back, the coat tails are not only intentionally tattered but also slightly uneven in length. It closes in the front with Velcro. In order to complete the costume the wearer will have to provide their own pants, pin stripe would be the best to match the jacket but plain blain will work just as well, along with a white shirt. Jack’s signature bow tie is also included complete with the painted eyes of the bat and misshapen wings. The bow tie is bendable, allowing you to set the wings to your liking.

The costume only comes in one Plus-Size for the gentleman costume-goers, the average sizing that Disguise has given this is between jacket sizes 50 to 52. I would reccommend that underneath the jacket a plain white t-shirt will do just fine. And just to be noted, we do carry the matching costume for any couples look to dress the parts from this film! Sally, the rag-doll who was always looking out for the some-what oblivious skeleton, is the perfect costume to complete this strange but adorable couple.

Clive Barker’s Dark Bazaar

Halloween, when you get right down to it, is a night of terror and unleashing the twisted thoughts lurking within one’s imagination. On All Hallow’s Eve people dress in costumes so that for just one night they can be anyone they desire to be. And for a number of them, it’s to play the role of a wretched soul driven by revenge, madness or simply by demented desires.

Who better to bring to life such creatures than the man behind “Hellraiser”, “Jericho” and “Book of Blood”, just to name a fair few? From the creative mind of Clive Barker with the help of the costume company, Disguise, from the deepest, darkest corners of the abyss comes the “Dark Bazaar” Costume Line. Within this fine yet terrifying collection is a series of costumes, masks and accessories for those of us who dare to dive into such dark ideas.

With each costume comes a story as devised by Mister Barker himself: the twisted assassin for hire known as Tattu Furio; Tormented, an asylum directior consumed by dementia; the spiderella named Web Woman who plays with her food; the once adored Queen of Skulls corrupted by ritual; a demon named only as Fly By Night who is driven by maddening vengeance and the Serpent Seductress who tempt and entice her prey. Each and every single of these creatures linger within this Dark Bazaar as they tell their tales and haunt the dreams of innocent and corrupted alike. Some will seek out their prey while others remain trapped in the hell of their own making.

The Dark Bazaar gives those interested a chance to pretend to be a monster for that one eerie night of the year with their series of full and half-face masks. Paranoia may all be in your head, but what happens when you think there is someone watching you from behind and it turns out they’re a lot closer than you think? It’s Behind You is a full head latex mask that allows the wearer to prove that demons are always following them no matter where they go. Or what about playing the part of easily jealous lover? The Ghoul Friend Half Mask will leave every significant other thinking twice about straying from that relationship! And it’s one thing to hear voices in your head; It’s another fact entirely when those voices belong to the multiple faces occupying your head such as the case with the Faces Half-Mask!

This Halloween season, take the chance to play the role of a monster and step into story that Clive Barker has made especially for this nightmarish evening.