SNARK WEEK: The Moon and the Sun (2015)

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The Moon and the Sun is an upcoming costume movie, set to release on April 10, 2015. It’s based on a historical/fantasy novel of the same name. Here’s your plot summary: “King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature.”

It stars Pierce Brosnan as Louis XIV (wait, what??!!). Yes, it’s a historical/fantasy mashup. Nonetheless, the costumes are going to give Reign a run for its money. Really, they can be summed up as WHAT THE EVERLASTING HELL JUST HAPPENED HERE DEAR GOD HOLD ME!

Costumes by Lizzy Gardiner, btw.

The Moon and the Sun (2015) costumes

WAIT, WHAT THE FROCK? WHY IS LOUIS XIV WEARING WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY A 19TH CENTURY OUTFIT? WHY DOES THIS LOOK LIKE THE COVER OF A BAD ROMANCE NOVEL??!!

The Moon and the Sun (2015) costumes

Inspired by the Kaylee ballgown from Firefly, perhaps?

The Moon and the Sun (2015) costumes

WHAT FRESH HORROR IS THIS??!!

The Moon and the Sun (2015) costumes

I’m getting a magician-y, Gob from Arrested Development, vibe here.

The Moon and the Sun (2015) costumes

IF I PROMISE TO BE GOOD, WILL YOU MAKE IT GO AWAY?? Also, note Liam-Neeson-clone on right.

The Moon and the Sun (2015) costumes

PIERCE IS COMING TO HURT ME WITH HIS FLOWING LOCKS

The Moon and the Sun (2015) costumes

I’M VERY, VERY SORRY FOR WHATEVER IT IS I DID.

The Moon and the Sun (2015) costumes

“If we ride fast enough, maybe our clothes will fall off, and then we can claim we don’t know what happened…”

The Moon and the Sun (2015) costumes

PRANCE, LOUIS, PRANCE

 

We’ll keep you updated on any new travesties pictures as they come out! Then we can all poke our eyes out together.

29 Responses

  1. Natalie

    I have 3 teenage daughters and we play in the SCA. (Gryphon’s Lair, hi, Tulia!). The reactions were priceless. The 19 year old went simple, with “what the HELL?”. The almost-15 went geeky… ” Error 404: Costuming dept not found”

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    • Joanne Renaud

      Yeah, but in Reign’s defense it’s a tacky teenage soap opera on the CW. This is… a… movie? (Or maybe I should put air quotes around “movie,” because I’m not sure what the hell this thing is.)

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  2. Urtatim al-Qurtubiyya

    I am sooooo sorry i saw this. I can only hope that i will forget soon, and not see trailers for it at the movie theater.

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  3. Makenzie

    1. I did not know this was a thing.
    2. After seeing these pictures I understand why I did not know this was a thing.
    3. I will probably see it anyway, because Kaya Scodelario is lovely and train wrecks are fun.

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  4. clara

    Ouch ouch why.
    Yes, I get the fantasy thing. But my definitions of fantasy-historical dress are totally not this. (Man, you can go extra wild with many things in this era, SPECIALLY THE FROUFROU. And if you want to make the mermaid and the good guys look simple, you can do so too without resorting to bad prom dresses)
    But really, Pierce Brosnan as Louis XIV makes me think he is Prince Adam’s (of Beauty and the Beast) older and less classy cousin.

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    • clara

      Still, I decided I am going to read the book (I dig scifi and fantasy and it has a Nebula award, so it cannot be half-bad). And maybe it inspires me to do a thing.

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  5. Lhizz

    Oh man, I loved that book so this makes me really sad :-( Honestly, that frou-frou dress looks like an entry from the annual toilet-paper wearable arts awards we have here (yes, it’s a thing: http://www.nzfashiontech.ac.nz/paperdresses/)

    And PB just looks messy as Louis. Wouldn’t the Sun King have had hair people, and assistant hair people, and assistants to the assistant hair people? Let’s not get started on the 90s prom dresses. Ugh, just ugh.

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  6. rikibeth

    The crying shame is that the author KNEW her costuming. There are details in the book about wigs and why only a soldier might be seen with his natural hair, and fontanges, and robes battantes, and ballet/masque costumes…it makes me want to tear my hair out that THIS is how they’ve brought it to the screen.

    Read the book, though. It’s a delight.

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  7. Jenny Ketcham

    Don’t you feel that any movie that had the temerity to film a Louis XIV story, actually on location at Versailles, with costumes that look as if they were culled from a bad Eighties music video should be looking over their shoulders for Sun King vengeance?

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  8. LLC

    Designer haas few historic credits. Movie listed as a fantasy. Expected results.
    I do not know what production/directors continue to hire folks with no sense of history beyond 1900…sigh!

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  9. Laura Lovett

    this was a joke, yes? this not really getting made? please tell me this not real…

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