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May 12th, 2013
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[film] The Great Gatsby
Saw Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby Friday night at Mission Valley. Viewed in 2-D we did not feel deprived of the 3-D option elsewhere. Worth seeing for the performances and the spectacle.



Faithful to the novel overall. Overblown spectacle (meant in a good way), solid casting. maegwynn thought the actress playing Jordan Baker was a little too reserved and less visible than the other main cast. I thought the soundtrack relied too much on Jay-Z's work and that a wider-ranging approach to the music would have made me happier, personally.

DiCaprio as Gatsby is excellent at managing the charm and self-consciousness for the character. Maguire is great. Mulligan and Fisher are wonderful.

From wikipedia: "When asked about the movie, Luhrmann stated that he planned it to be more timely due to its theme of criticizing the often irresponsible lifestyles of wealthy people": now I'm thinking of what Luhrmann would have done with Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities.

Calibration points for above comments: Reread the novel in 2010. I've seen, like, and own all of Luhrmann's movies except Australia (not avoiding it, just never saw it), particularly Moulin Rouge! In 2009 I came up with a variant on the at-the-time Pride and Prejudice and Zombies craze: The Great Grendel.

here's my literary mashup with monsters:

_The Great Grendel_, wherein Nick Carraway goes to party and drink with his hosts Tom and Daisy Buchanan until Tom says 'Nick, we've got a little problem with this rotten scoundrel Mr. Grendel who's stealing our guests away to his parties and ruining them, and his mother's moved into the lakehouse, so we'd appreciate it ever so much if you would help us out and deal with this delicate situation. Another martini?'


trailers:

After Earth - Will Smith and son crashland on Earth.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Nov 22.

Elysium - Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, SF, orbitals, cyborgs. From the District 9 director. Aug 9.

Mortal Instruments - Could be fun in an Underworld/Blade secret history/war with angels and demons instead of vampires, like Constantine. Have not read the books.

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