BAZ LUHRMANN WAS BORN TO DIRECT THE GREAT GATSBY!!!
It was the combination of the incredible cinematography and mise en scene that is promised by Baz Lurhmann, as well as the soundtrack to the trailer, that caused goose bumps to run up my arms. The newest promotion for the movie (which I believe is the third version of a trailer to be released thus far) includes never-before-heard songs by Andre 3000 and Beyoncé (they cover Back to Black by Amy Winehouse? and it sounds amazing!?), Lana Del Rey (of course this nostalgia obsessed girl got herself on this soundtrack, but i’m not complaining at all, she belongs here), and an incredible song by Florence and the Machine in which she sings about GREEEEEEN EYEESS!!!!!! with her magestic voice.
My fear is that this movie will just not quite be great. There is too much pressure and anticipation for what it will be, that the pessimist in me thinks that it can’t live it up to what people want it to be. If Lurhmann had chosen for his next film to be something entirely different, there would still be a tremendous pressure on the movie. Lurhmann fans want another Moulin Rouge or Romeo + Juliet. They want a fantastic movie that a fantastic movie that is real at its core. Baz Lurhmann has the talent to go as over the top as possible but still portray truth. However, in Australia, although beautiful to watch, the story was lacking. Now he’s telling The Great Gatsby, and what better story is there than that! I have fatih that this movie will be great, just still part of me is scared because it seems too good to be true.
If i’m correct in my math, Bazz Lurhmann + Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet = AMAZING then Baz Lurhmann + F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby = AMAZING.
I have a poster for Moulin Rouge on my wall. I watch a Baz Lurhmann film at least once ever couple of months, and yet I don’t know much about the director beyond what he looks like and his films. I found his single he did called Wear Sunscreen (Everyone’s Free), which I’m sure most people born before the 1990’s know about, because it was a very successful song. He turned a commencement speech made famous by Mary Schmich and Kurt Vonnegut into a pop song. The lyrics are inspring and cheesy, but the fact that he was so struck by them to turn them into this songs, basically proves that it was his fate to direct The Great Gatsby. If you’ve read the novel, you will see themes from it within these lyrics.There is no one else who could attempt to make this story come to life quite like this. #onlybaz[/caption]