Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars" : A Film Update

If you consider yourself a bookish person, a sucker for cinema, or a bit of both, you probably heard the buzz last year that Baz Luhrmann took on the great feat of remaking the quintessential American novel; The Great Gatsby. As I mentioned in my previous post, despite Baz's upcoming film being the seventh Great Gatsby adaptation to date, no one seems to have hit the nail on the head. I suppose it must be hard to adapt a literary masterpiece. 

I thought I'd share the recently released trailer with you. (*Disclaimer* it's slightly PG) Although I was quite skeptical of Baz's choice to film in 3D, I now think it might just be the Ace up his sleeve...

I think Baz must have read my blog and taken my advice on mixing jazz with modern tunes for the musical score, heh heh. I am loving the use of Kanye West in the trailer. Regarding the 3D filming, of course I will have to see the movie before I make any final judgement but it does seem to capture the zeitgeist of the roaring 20s; the decadence and the decay. In any case, Baz Luhrmann has undeniable style. His cinematography and use of colors... I mean, who doesn't feel tough while practicing their best "WE ARE SPARTA!!!" impression in front the of mirror? Just me? Ok...

While I am much more open to the 3D filming, I am still licking my wounds over the casting of Toby Maguire as Nick Carraway. I'm practically beside myself; these are wounds that time just can't heal. Why couldn't it have been my original wish for Jake Gyllenhaal? Even Ryan Gosling would have done nicely, anyone but Toby! I want a redo! "Can't repeat the past?... Why of course you can!"

...Keep your eyes open for this one, it premiers at Christmas