The Great Gatsby is (and has been since I first read it at the age of 17) my favourite book by some distance. With that in mind I’ve been rather curious about the latest attempt to bring Fitzgerald’s great American novel to the screen. This time around the project is helmed by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo & Juliet) and stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and if the trailer is anything to go by then things seem to be on track.
I’m still not totally convinced that Gatsby needs to be a movie and part of me can’t help but think that DiCaprio is too self assured to work as the lost, delusional Gatsby but I like all of Baz Luhrmann’s films (yes, including Australia. Australia’s great, bum off) and I’ll watch pretty much anything with DiCaprio in (miscast or not). The idea of casting Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway is an interesting one and from the trailer, looks to be a pretty sound decision. Maguire is a great character actor who deserves to be thought of as more than “that guy who played Spider-Man”.
The one thing that baffles me is why on earth, given the largely non-action based story, the movie is in 3D. Most likely it has something to do with studio pressure and the fact that Luhrmann wants to have a bash at it before the horse finally collapses. I would suggest that this is an example of 3D running faster, spreading it’s arms father and hoping for one fine morning…but that would make me a wanker.
Gatsby is out later this year.
Oh and if you want to see a truly great (no pun intended) Gatsby esque film then you should watch Stephen Poliakoff’s Friends and Crocodiles. It’s not a version of the Gatsby story per-say but it has so many parallels that if you like Gatsby then you’ll love it.