I saw Gatsby; I loved Gatsby; I follow Gatsby. All the critics will tell you Baz Luhrmann’s directing style is over-the-top (true), materialistic (true) and more focused on glitz, glamour and glitter than themes (also probably true.) However, isn’t that what The Great Gatsby is all about? The excess and over-indulgence? While the extravagancies were a little distracting (but pretty to look at), what I found most strange was Luhrmann’s treatment of Nick Carraway. Spoiler alert!
His typed words floating across the screen seemed cheesy and out-of-place relative to the rest of the movie. We end up pitying the one character whom was supposed to be the pity-er. The plot is more of a love story than a tragic drama about the entitled upper class of the late 20s. That said, Luhrmann isn’t subtle with the metaphors and symbolism.
I won’t drone on about the rest of the movie since I’m sure many of you are still dying to see it. I will say this though: the soundtrack is absolutely perfect. There are a lot of haters out there who dislike the idea of hip-hip in a ritzy period film. However, I couldn’t help but smile when Gatsby’s glamorous party guests danced across the screen with Fergie’s score playing in the background. Leo absolutely shines in this movie, as he does in all of his films. The acting alone is worth a trip to the theater. Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Daisy’s friend, Jordan Baker, is one to watch. Her performance was incredible. This Boston Globe review is pretty spot on if you’re interested in further Gatsby criticism. I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts that already saw the film though! Also, how great is the Jay Gatsby Twitter account?
Here’s a pretty nice sampler of the soundtrack:
1. “Bang Bang” – will.i.am
2. “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” – Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock
3. “Young And Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey
4. “Love Is the Drug” – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
5. “Over the Love” – Florence & The Machine
6. “Where The Wind Blows” – Coco O. of Quadron
7. “Crazy in Love” – Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
8. “Together” – The xx
9. “Hearts a Mess” – Gotye
10. “Love Is Blindness” – Jack White
11. “Into the Past” – Nero
12. “Kill and Run” – Sia
via Hot New Hip Hip