So I saw Baz Luhrmann’s version of ‘The Great Gatsby’, and it wasn’t quite as bad as I was expecting it to be. Going in I figured it would be bright and overflowing with misplaced music (and that was pretty much spot on), but I also thought it would be absolutely horrendous and it ended up being decent enough. So, in summation, I would say Luhrmann knocked it out of the park. 🙂
Early on the movie seemed to be a bit more like I was expecting, but at some point Luhrmann settled down into more of a regular film. Since I think everyone is fairly familiar with the story, I’ll highlight what I didn’t like.
- Carey Mulligan – She just didn’t seem to fit in the role, and the character seemed to be portrayed a bit differently than I remembe from the book. She came off as a very sympathetic character – probably not as much in the book.
- Jay-Z – I’m not sure if Luhrmann is good friends with Jay-Z, or really, really, really, really wants to be, but other than one time that I recall the songs seemed a bit out of place. At one point I actually had trouble not laughing.
- Any scene involving a car looked like something out of Speed Racer – way overdone.
- The Amy Winehouse and Beyonce songs that weren’t being sung by the original recording artist – I suppose it was nice to not have Jay-Z providing ALL the music, but it was kind of distracting trying to place the songs since you recognize the words, but not the voice. I guess only Jay-Z was good enough to get his own songs in sung by the man himself.
- Tom Buchannon seemed a little too stiff.
- Not enough Claire Forlani. Okay, there was no Claire Forlani, but that seemed like a mistake to me.
- The ending seemed to wrap up too quickly.
That’s it – I can’t really recommend it, but I wouldn’t warn anyone off either if they were interested.