Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The Great Gatsby: A trailer for the Baz Luhrmann 3D film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire...

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I’m a big fan of Luhrmann. Oh yes he has a tendency to veer towards melodrama, as perhaps seen a little too much in Australia. But the man is a genuine talent who knows how shoot a pretty picture. He tends to tell interesting tales in an interesting way; so a new film from the director of Strictly Ballroom, Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge is always near the top of my must see list. He'll never be to everyone's taste, but he is original and bold and that should always be commended: even if, or perhaps especially if, it upsets the traditionalists. 

“From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. "The Great Gatsby" follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.”

There’s still a lot of nonsense being spouted about the fact that this film is in 3D; “Why doe it need to be in D? Why does it need to be in 2D? Or in colour? Or use stero sound, surround sound? It is in 33D and hopefully Luhrmann will find it a useful tool to give us an even better experience. If he doesn’t, well there’s always the 2D version.


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