“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”
As a novel deemed incapable of translating onto screen, preconceived notions were buzzing about the film prior to release, especially with director Baz Luhrmann’s sensational modern eye attached to the holiest of holy American classics. With glitz and glamor, Hip-Hop and a glossy 3D finish, Luhrmann’s adaptation paints a boisterous statement—it’s no surprise critics are dissatisfied and dismissive of the highly stylized 21st century vision of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
But with such a hyper musical score, 3D adaptation and over-stylized CGI, this is questionable content worth giving a chance, because while I’ve read the book and seen the Robert Redford adaptation, I was a little iffy as well. Instead of watching this expecting a page to screen adaptation, consider it a page to screen interpretation coated with 21st century context that only Baz can create. If the greatest complaint is Luhrmann’s style over substance, isn’t that exactly who Jay Gatsby was?
With the recent release of the third Gatsby trailer, the anticipation for director Baz Luhrmann’s recreation of the F.Scott Fitzgerald classic is mounting. The trailer gives a more in-depth look at the characters, the lavish landscapes and further reveals that Leonardo DiCaprio may hold a candle next to original Gatsby, Robert Redford.
“The badder they are, the bigger the reward”
The trailer for the revenge western Django Unchained views as another Quentin Tarantino classic, with all the cinematic trademarks that have become synonymous with the writer/director. Tarantino’s bloody camera lens brought us classics like Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, and Reservoir Dogs, and raised the bar of discomfort in Inglorious Basterds by creating a brutal revenge fantasy in Nazi-occupied France. But this tale of vengeance in the pre-Civil War South surpasses any level of shock one would expect to see.