While in Regina I watched the Great Gatsby with Kenzie, Chris, and Carina.
I am not a universal Baz Luhrman fan; I loved Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet, but HATED Moulin Rouge and Australia. Â However, the trailers looked beautiful, I like Carey Mulligan, and I am coming to appreciate Leonardo DiCaprio as an actor, so it was on my ‘to see’ list. Â I thought it was great!
Tobey McGuire was a bit goofy (the boys hated him), but I think he was supposed to be a relatable narrator for the audience; if he was too slick it might be hard for folks to identify with him. Â It was the same nerdy role as in all his other movies with the same tone, but it fit here. Â The sets and costumes were AH-MAZING, Art-Deco all ovah. Â It is not my favorite architecture/design feature, but I can appreciate that it was really well done here.
The music was inspired; the soundtrack was one of the best things about the movie. Â Check out the full soundtrack hereÂ (for as long as that lasts).Â I’ve heard someÂ peopleÂ whine about how it should have had jazz, since it is a period movie. Â But I think the modern music fits; Jazz was new and edgy and rebellious in 1922, but now it sounds anachronistic and old-fashioned. Â It would have given the movie the feeling we were watching our (great-)grandparents as we think of them, not as they were in that decade: young,Â ambitious, and hunting for something new. Kanye and Jay-Z fit the ($100) bill. Â Plus, there were some jazz interpretations for folks looking for it:
I did not love all the characters. I found Daisy to be distractingly, eye-rollingly passive, breathy, and unrelatable. I realize it isn’t fair to superimpose 2013 feminist values on a 90-year old character, but I just wanted to yell at her to show some fucking agency. Come ON! Glad she shagged Gatsby 10 minutes after meeting him though – take that, snooty southern parents! Â 😀 There was a bit of a class divide that made it hard to get on board with this as a ‘great American story’. How excited can we really get about these rich people problems? “Oh I live in this Â island castle with gardens and a pool and servants but call a wahmbulance because life is so haaaaaard….” There have been some cool blogs about the depictions ofÂ gender and race in 1920’s, worth a read. Â I’ll have to watch the Robert Redford version again and see if I like it better.