A friend of mine recently got me started on watching Rome (2005-2007) — plus readers have been clamoring for another review — and I have a few thoughts about the costuming (I know, you’re all shocked).
First of all, abandon all conceived notions of historical accuracy as far as the costumes are concerned. There’s a lot of liberty taken with the designs, but the costuming is just so pretty to look at that it hardly matters if 99% of the clothing is made up entirely of saris.
Secondly, Indira Varma is freaking gorgeous as Niobe. How do human beings get to be that pretty like it’s no big deal?
Third, the hairstyles on the women are amaze-balls. All over the place, historically, but gorgeous.
Fourth, there’s My Boyfriend Tobias Menzies being all tortured and conflicted as Brutus.
Fifth, let’s go back to Cleopatra for a second … Mad wig game, yo.
And winged eyeliner that’s so on fleek it’s painful.
Sixth, there’s Marc Antony being, well, Marc Antony.
And Mr. Collins as Cicero!
All said and done, I’m enjoying this series without having to think too hard about any of it. Which, given the week we’ve all just had, is something that cannot be taken for granted.
Are you content to let Rome, the series, rest on pretty like we are?