Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Remake I Don’t Really Have An Issue With (Yeah, right! I always take issue with something!)

I liked The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. But the last time (the only time, actually) I read The Great Gatsby was in high school. I also saw the Robert Redford version of the movie once. It was long ago and I guess I liked it but who cares because there’s the new one to look forward to! And in 3D!

Confession: I’ve only seen one movie in 3D and that was Toy Story 3. All I have to say was THANK GOODNESS for those glasses because I was (damn you Pixar) crying! But that also exposes my limited experience with 3D.

I have faith in this 3D version of The Great Gatsby though. 1) It’s actually being filmed in 3D, so from what I’ve read of films converted to 3D post production, those don’t always work out so well. 2) I LOVE Baz Luhrmann. I ONLY sing the Moulin Rouge version of Your Song. Sorry Elton. 3) Well, obviously based on the previous statement I love me some Moulin Rouge. Musicals make me happy and it's so visually interesting so I’m curious to see Baz’s vision of The Great Gatsby.

Another reason I have faith in this remake... Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. Have you seen The Departed or Shutter Island? So good. We’ll just ignore the fact he was in Romeo + Juliet because we all know he didn’t get good until he grew out of that teenage heartthrob phase. But The Departed? I really liked that movie. Of course it’s not the best from Martin Scorsese (that’s because nothing can top Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or Goodfellas) but of everyone in The Departed, I thought DiCaprio was the best. But I was disappointed by the ending because SPOILER ALERT he is killed and the only person left was Marky Mark! Seriously?! I was not a happy movie watcher. Oh, and he was good in Inception too. So, Leonardo DiCaprio fan? Yes I am.

My only issue is that The Great Gatsby is a very American novel, being adapted (again!) and filmed in Australia. Oh well, I believe it's in good hands so I am looking forward to seeing it.


  1. Now I'm looking forward to it too :)

  2. Ooooh. I'm a huge Fitzgerald and Baz Luhrmann fan, too.

  3. Yes, this movie has the perfect combination of source material, cast and director!