If you went to a decent school in the US, you were probably made to read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in English class. I read it, and I was also made to watch the awful 1974 film version of the novel. I don’t know how Mia Farrow got a job after that film. Her acting is horrible as Daisy Buchanan. This new film version of the classic novel is directed by Baz Luhrmann. Baz reunites with his Romeo, Leonardo DiCaprio, from his previous film, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. The Great Gatsby also stars Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan (playing Daisy Buchanan), Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, and Amitabh Bachchan.
The trailer reveals that there will be lots of CGI in the film. The Great Gatsby was filmed in 3D, so it looks like Baz is looking to show off everything he can in his first 3D film. When I heard that this version of the book would be in 3D, the question that came to mind is “Why?.” I still don’t know. One thing I do know, this is the first film in a very long time that Leonardo DiCaprio looks smoking hot. That scene with him dripping wet . . . oh my god. I am also liking the song they used for the trailer.
“From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.”
The Great Gatsby is in theatres December 25, 2012.
by Sarah Ksiazek