Fireworks and Flappers and Gatsby, Oh My!

So the whole entertainment industry was a twitter (literally) yesterday about “The Great Gatsby” trailer. As a big Carey Mulligan fan, I was excited to see the first shots of her as Daisy Buchanan. But now that the trailer’s out, I feel conflicted. Take a look for yourself:

Obviously, Baz Luhrmann as director is going to split opinions. I’ve seen “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge!” and while I appreciate their cinematic style, it’s not my favorite cup of tea. But I understood that the glitz and glamour would be the main attraction of “The Great Gatsby,” especially given that the film will be shown in 3D. (Don’t worry, keep reading, because I’ll address that nonsense, too!)

This burlesque angle will attract a bigger audience, incorporating non-readers. The trailer was flashy and sexy, and I admit that the costumes and sets looked amazing. But the purist inside me is groaning.

I think this YouTube comment by user Evanm3 summed it up: “‘New York, 1922…’ [cue music by Kanye] Fail.” I mean, seriously? I can’t stand historical films with modern soundtracks (I’m looking at you, “A Knight’s Tale”). Even if the movie is excellent, the cognitive dissonance is hard to ignore.

I just feel that the last major adaptation of this novel, the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, suffered from excessive melodrama, and now this 2012 remake is making the same mistake. It seems like neither film has much acting cred, and I’m afraid the film will come off campy. Leo and Carey are capable of so much more, and I wasn’t feeling their empty, emotionless lines.

And let’s discuss this obsession with 3D, shall we? I’m a huge opponent of this Hollywood movement, because it prioritizes explosions and flinging food-stuffs over quality storylines and characters. But since 3D’s something that’s not going away, it needs to stay in crappy action movies like “Wrath of the Titans.” Step away from the book adaptations! Does “The Great Gatsby” need 3D? Absolutely not!  For once, why can’t 1922 be 1922, without all the added pomp and circumstance?

Of course, I still want to see this movie–I wouldn’t be a good book blogger if I didn’t! But I’m a bit warier now, and will be approaching the remake with more skepticism.

What do you guys think? Did the trailer turn you on or off? Share your thoughts!

3 thoughts on “Fireworks and Flappers and Gatsby, Oh My!

  1. Not what I pictured when I first saw pictures last year, I was thinking more of like a “The help” kind of vibe not a “Burlesque” one? does that make since? Not so glitzy but more to the story and not so showy. But will have to see when it come out to be sure of what’s what, but kind of a mini bummer. Any who I am looking forward to seeing Tobey Maguire (Haven’t seen him since Spiderman 3) and I’m also looking forward to seeing Isla Fisher in a more serious roll not a comedy. 😉

  2. Pingback: Book Review Reblog: The Great Gatsby | Book Club Babe

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