watch your step
by James Connelly
It’s almost June and the trailer for Christmas Day’s most talked about release finally has a trailer! The Great Gatsby, yes the book we all “read” in high school is getting new life pumped into it by innovative director Baz Luhrmann. Luhrmann is the man behind the creative William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and Molin Rouge. He has an incredible eye for cinema but whether good or bad we have learned some key elements from the first trailer.
First off we are greeted with Jay-Z/Kanye West song No Church in the Wild. People have had some back lash with this even saying “I had no idea they had autotune back in 1922.” Well it is still going to be great. Did you ever think Radiohead was going to be a song used in a Romeo and Juliet film? If you wanted to see the classic book page for page that starred Robert Redford and that guy from Law and Order I am sure its online somewhere go check it out. Luhrmann showed us right off the bat that he is driving this roller coaster ride that Fitzgerald intended us to take. I just imagine Luhrmann directing the film like Willy Wonka did as he took his boat down that terrifying tunnel. I personally like the direction and larger then life look where the buildings are taller, the parties are bigger, the morales are looser, and the liquor is cheaper.
It is clear that Gatsby, like in the book, will be a larger then life character. And who better to take on that character then DiCaprio. But before we even see the “King of the World” we meet Luhrmann’s, Nick Carraway. Really? Spiderman? Really? Cider House Rules? Really? I will not doubt this choice as much as everyone else online has but there are a few actors that would have commanded this role much better then Tobey McGuire. In the book Carraway is younger then Jay Gatsby. Carraway is understood to be in his Late 20’s where as Gatsby is Late 30’s Early 40’s. McGuire no longer has those boyish looks so what have we learned…Luhrmann you blew quite the opportunity to cast JOSPEH GORDIN LEVITT. No one has quite shared the screen with Leo like JGL has and I think this mistake could have made the film even better then it looks currently.
Other casting choice which were great came in with the lovley and unstabble Buchanan’s. They could not have hit these roles on more perfect. Carey Mulligan looks to shine in what could be her breakout role playing Daisy Buchanan. Can I just point she has now starred opposite Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and now Leonardo Dicaprio. I feel bad for new spouse who once she is done at a day of work with one of these guys she comes home to him… must be emasculating . Then there is Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan. He look extremely intimating and defiantly can go toe to toe with Gatsby.
Overall this film will be incredibly beautiful to look at. It is a book adaption and in a sense you can not botch it that bad. I think that movie goers are in for a real fun ride in an age where remakes look all to alike. I mean its no Battleship but I will give it a chance.