April 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm #60846
A Peek at Baz Luhrman’s ‘Great Gatsby’ – Sumptuous 3D, Dreamy Leonardo DiCaprio
Published: April 24, 2012 @ 2:38 pm
By Sharon Waxman
Writer-director Baz Luhrmann has reimagined “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic American novel, but this time it’s in 3D, taking viewers for a sumptious ride into the past.
Here is Leonardo DiCaprio as the beautiful and shallow Jay Gatsby. Carey Mulligan in a blonde bob as Daisy (“her voice was full of money”) Buchanan. Joel Edgerton as Tom, the jealous husband. And Tobey Maguire, our narrator in a boater hat, walking us through the story again.
Also read: Peter In Luhrmann’s creative hands, “Gatsby” feels like something new. The camera swoops and swoons with the mad, gaiety of flappers dancing at Jay Gatsby’s soiree. Maguire practically steps out of the proscenium frame to walk you through Gatsby’s mansion.
Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”) presented the clips via a taped message from New Zealand, where he is completing the film. It was part of Warner Brothers’ presentation to CinemaCon movie exhibitors in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
And while the audience of movie exhibitors only saw a selection of scenes, this feels like something special, something that eluded the beautiful-but-distant “Hugo” and that can’t be touched by a 3D “Cowboys and Aliens.”
It feels like Luhrmann has found a way to tell a character-driven, dramatic story using 3D as a true storytelling tool, rather than as a gimmick for visual hype.
There is a tinge of “Titanic’s” opulence, and echoes of DiCaprio as a teen in Luhrmann’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The movie has Luhrmann’s distinctive stamp all over it, and it’s safe to predict that teenage girls will be lining up to see it.April 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm #60848
I really, really, really want this to be good. Early word has my cautiously optimistic.April 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm #60849
Me too. Baz hasnt made a film I’ve really liked/enjoyed since his first one. But, I am holding my breathe.April 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm #60850
Thanks for sharing, babypook!
Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorite literary works, and i loved the 1974 version.
This one looks promising, i have to say.
Don’t know what kind of Oscar nods it may get, but no matter what, it should be a good watch at least.May 3, 2012 at 8:59 am #60851
Drama or Musical/Comedy at the Globes?May 3, 2012 at 11:34 am #60852
Me too. Baz hasnt made a film I’ve really liked/enjoyed since his first one. But, I am holding my breathe.
I agree STRICTLY BALLROOM was his best. I never got the love for MOULIN ROUGE, which to me was ghastly and borderline unwatchable.May 3, 2012 at 11:40 am #60853
Also, I actually enjoyed DiCaprio’s performance as J. Edgar Hoover (party of one?), but for me he seems totally miscast as Gatsby.May 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm #60854
Also, I actually enjoyed DiCaprio’s performance as J. Edgar Hoover (party of one?), but for me he seems totally miscast as Gatsby.
Party of two. Most of the problems in J. Edgar lie in the script and some decisions Eastwood made, not DiCaprio’s performance. I do think his failure to land an Oscar nomination had more to do with how strong the category was and how weak the film is, moreso than any actual animosity for his performance. Some claim it as proof that the Academy doesn’t like him, but I find that ridiculous. I’m optimistic about his Jay Gatsby.May 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm #60855
Party of three. I also didnt feel that J Edgar was a badly crafted film.
I personally dont feel Leo is miscast here. He can speak little or softly, and he looks the part.
Speaking of Hoover, I think Jesse Eisenberg would make a good Bill Gates, a Frankenmonster boron-dumping Monsanto dough-boy who speaks openly about depopulation.
Had to get that in there. Would LOVE to see that.May 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm #60856
J. Edgar is extremely well-crafted film, tech-wise, as most of Eastwood’s films are. The Art-Direction and Costume Design was among the best of the year, and while I wasn’t all that fond of the brown-tint, I also enjoyed the cinematography, for the most part. Like I said, a stronger script, and some different choices in some key scenes would’ve made all the difference in the world. It’s strange, because I think Dustin Lance Black and Clint Eastwood are two of the most talented people around, but something is just off with the film.May 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm #60857
im looking forward to this and hopefully my boy leo could score a nomination and maybe a win.May 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm #60858
Leo will probably score a nod for this but he won’t win, if anything a nod for Best Actor here would improve his (already decent) chances of a win in supporting for Django Unchained.
This could win cinematography, since that award seems to have gone to the big 3D production in recent years.May 22, 2012 at 4:14 am #60860
This film looks like it could be visually stunning but Luhrman is so hit and miss that I’m holding some reservations over this.
Leo will probably not go very far with this either. Hawkes, Day-Lewis, Murray, Cooper, Hackman and Hoffman+ Phoenix all seem more likely at this point.
He’ll still be winning one for Django though.
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