Ignoring the normal Hollywood trailer mistakes (stupid modern music), I am very excited. From what I’ve seen the problem with the first movie is it is the book filmed with zero creative flourishes. I want a movie version, not a filmed book. East of Eden works because it focuses on the last two hundred pages. Cuckoo’s Nest works because it loses Chief as the narrator. Apocalypse Now works because it’s in Vietnam. Does this look like my favorite (second favorite?) book of all time? Only vaguely. But that’s great news to me. This could be a travesty, but it could also be a brand new work of art. That beats a movie that’s just meh.
Ha! Well as a person who doesn’t hold Gatsby in the highest regard, I have no objection with this perverse and decadent new take on the story. Why not. In 3D!
I think we’re leaning towards travesty. Time will tell, but I might put money on it.
“I think we’re leaning towards travesty. Time will tell, but I might put money on it.”
Similar sentiments. I do want to see it though.
but every looks at least 10 years too old
“I have no objection with this perverse and decadent new take on the story. Why not. In 3D!”
Well, the gut reaction I have is that since The Great Gatsby is to a large degree thematically critical of the decadence of the 20s, it does make it somewhat perverse for an adaptation to be in and of itself decadent.
It’s kind of funny that there is a decadent movie like the Great Gatsby with the recession.
I think you can guess my response to this trailer so I’ll withhold my obvious rain on this lavish parade.
“Ha! Well as a person who doesn’t hold Gatsby in the highest regard, I have no objection with this perverse and decadent new take on the story. Why not. In 3D!”
This^. Gatsby is a bore to me, this time I may actually remember the plot.
I can’t get over the ridiculous soundtrack to the trailer, I mean come on, really?
Well, it’s an interesting re-imagining of one of my favorite U2 songs
Pass. Apparently, it’s coming out around the same time as Django Unchained. I’m thinking that this will bomb. Can’t stand Lahrmann anyway.
I’m just very confused at the fact that India’s own Amitabh Bachchan is playing jewish gangster Meyer Wolfsheim.
I’ll check it out!! Curiosity will undoubtedly get the better of me!!
Won’t pay to see it at the theatre though.
How seriously can I take this movie when they can’t even be bothered to spell ZIEGFELD correctly?
“it does make it somewhat perverse for an adaptation to be in and of itself decadent.”
Oh yes, the thought had not escaped me. It’s an exercise in hypocrisy. Again, why not? We can’t stop these people. Maybe I’m just going mad. Maybe the reason I refuse to “sanction” it is because this take on the story is so far from any other, so off-the-mark it’s utterly new.
Another potential travesty will be if the film any noms, but we’ll just see about that. Maybe Mulligan, and only if the film isn’t shit.
A remake already? It was just made a couple years ago by Martin Scorsese starring Vincent Chase.
The eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg billboard looks good, the rest looks like shit.
I don’t know what be more nervous about: this, or On the Road.
I had to watch the trailer again after reading Roscoe’s comment, but I was smart enough to mute it the second time.
That Times Square shot must be CGI so they can probably correct it, but it really is a stupid gaffe.
I think Maguire’s narration in the first twenty seconds is possibly some of the funniest narration of all times. Who the hell came up with that accent?
“Maybe the reason I refuse to “sanction” it is because this take on the story is so far from any other, so off-the-mark it’s utterly new.”
Precisely. It’s called Great Gatsby, the characters have the names of the characters in Great Gatsby, some of the images and plot points from the book will end up in the movie, and otherwise the movie is exactly nothing like The Great Gatsby at all, so it might as well be called something else and feature different characters.
Who wants to take a $100 bet that aliens will appear of some proportion, the odds are most likely 50/1
Depends if by aliens you mean ETs or Mexicans.
(Note to the itchy-fingered: JOKING. )
What about little green Mexicans?
“It’s kind of funny that there is a decadent movie like the Great Gatsby with the recession.”
Actually, Mary, there was series of three relatively short recessions and a relatively short depression following WWI up through the “Roaring ’20s”:
Aug 1918 –March 1919
Jan 1920 –July 1921 (depression)
May 1923 – June 1924
Oct 1926 – Nov 1927
I personally just think it’s Luhrmann’s taking advantage of a particular decade (again) and the stories/legends of its decadence as perceived by him and others, and expanding (incorrectly so, in the context of the book) the idea of it into a feature film just for the sake of spectacle.
I feel I do know where Luhrmann is coming from to a certain degree (I did kinda like Moulin Rouge), but this just feels like a rehash of his previous efforts, and I sorta feel The Great Gatsby is not the source by which to continue doing it.
But who knows? Maybe it’ll be ok. I consider myself open-minded, but the trailer grated on me.