|Looks like this!|
Here's the trailer.
Hear that whooshing sound? That would be the sound of $125 million worth of missing the point.
Everything about this movie is calculated to be sumptuous and beautiful. It's evident everywhere from the sweeping camera shots to the ornate gold filigree background of the text to the gorgeous scenery shots of breathtaking gardens, mansions, and cities. The characters are beautiful too, of course - Leonardo DiCaprio has had the ladies swooning since he was king of the world, and Carey Mulligan has a hauntingly fragile perfection, like a porcelain doll. The clothes are works of art. Even the emotions are grand and breathtaking, from Gatsby's overwhelming rage to his Romeo and Juliet style love affair with Daisy. And let's not forget the soundtrack ($15.99, on iTunes soon!) crammed full of today's most popular artists, and as MTV so gracefully put it, not "bogged down with tunes from the Roaring Twenties".
So basically, nothing about this movie resembles The Great Gatsby in the slightest.
The Great Gatsby is a book about the false glamour of the Jazz Age. (Do you hear me, movies?! "False glamour" is not the same thing as "glamour" and I am very tired of you assuming one is an excuse for the other.) It uses a fundamentally flawed and hollow goal - Gatsby's baseless love of and admiration for Daisy, which she doesn't deserve and isn't capable of returning - to illustrate the decayed social and moral values of American society in the Roaring Twenties.
Everyone in the book is in love with the wrong things. Gatsby wants all the things that are bad for him - money, power, a beautiful woman with an empty mind. Daisy is seduced by money, luxury, and easy living, and just bright enough to realize how meaningless this makes her life, but too lazy to care. Her husband Tom wants all eyes on him all the time; he wants universal awe and respect and genuinely doesn't realize that he's done nothing to earn it.
|The eyes see everything except the point!|
Am I taking this too seriously? Well, I mean, I guess you could say that. But the movie is out there purporting itself to be The Great Gatsby when it's actually Hey Look the 1920s Were Super Pretty. This isn't Fitzgerald; this is Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette set 120 years later.
Do you really think that the moral at the end of this movie is going to be "move to the Midwest and structure your life with traditional moral values"? Um, I doubt it. I can just about guarantee you that the end of this movie is going to be, "oh these two characters had such promise and were such bright sparks of life, and everything was thrown away! What a shame, what a pity, what a tragedy".
The book The Great Gatsby is a masterpiece that examines the falseness of human desires and the decline of the American Dream.
The movie The Great Gatsby is the story of a couple morons having a really expensive party on Long Island.