David Denby on “The Great Gatsby”: “Luhrmann’s vulgarity is designed to win over the young audience, and it suggests that he’s less a filmmaker than a music-video director with endless resources and a stunning absence of taste.” http://nyr.kr/1414CXu
I’m not planning on seeing The Great Gatsby, but it’s from a weird aesthithics point of view. Regal Cinemas does this thing where they show clips from trailers and have the cast talk about the movie, they did that shit for at least 6 months before Les Miserables, so I’m over these hybrid trailers, but I saw one for Gatsby and it didn’t do anything for me. The glitz and techno glam of New York as shown in the trailer feels wrong. It’s like TGG takes place in the Las Vegas version of New York. The digitized chaos as described in this review feels all wrong.
I like the version of TGG that I have in my head and the bit of design I’ve seen from the movie is too loud. Things can be understated to be appreciated.
That said, if any of you want so see it, enjoy. To each their own, which is a mantra I try to remember. I don’t feel like I’m going to get anything from this interpretation of the book so I don’t want to see it, but do it up. It’s a free country and not everyone has to like the same thing.