Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Great Gatsby & Luhrmann

I have been giddy with anticipation over the latest Luhrmann movie that will be released this Christmas- The Great Gatsby. The trailer was just released and apparently created quite a 'backlash' on the web. A few examples-

"Gatsby trailer looks more Las Vegas commercial romance than West Egg decadence and tragically hollow love story. #disappointed”

"if i could bleach my brain and pretend that this wasn’t based on one of the greatest novels of all time, maybe the movie would look good. except for the 3D part.”

Really??? Has anyone seen the terribly boring 1970s version with Robert Redford? The Lurhmann version looks absolutely amazing! And in my opinion captures the excess, intensity, and vivid nature of the novel and time period perfectly. But I have always been a devout follower of Luhrmann (my following might have wavered only slightly when Australia was released) despite any negative reviews. Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge and amongst my absolute favorite movies.

If anyone wants a BBC Masterpiece Theater version of Gatsby, sure, this is not it. But that is not what Baz is about in any shape or form. Reinventing and reinvigorating... true ART, that is what Baz is about.

So if anyone is trolling through websites to find positive reviews of the Luhrmann Gatsby trailer, I hope they find this.

For those of you interested in making your own decision, watch the trailer and read the bizarre and mean-spirited (one might almost say jealous) reviews here.

I literally just watched the thing 3 times and will likely watch it several times more tonight.

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