- Published on Tuesday, August 07 2012
- Written by Shawn Bonner
For those counting on your holiday season plans to include a big screen viewing of Baz Luhrmann's lush take on The Great Gatsby, bad news: the film has inexplicably been pushed from a December release date to sometime next summer. The reasons are as yet unknown, but that doesn't mean the anticipation will be any less!
Luhrmann’s stunning imagery has captivated audiences time and time again with movies like Romeo + Juliet, Australia, and the ever-popular Moulin Rouge. Rumor has it that he’s done it again with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.
In Romeo + Juliet, Luhrmann brought 15th century Verona, Italy, into 20th century Venice, California, and replaced swords with guns but kept the intensity of Shakespeare’s words. One can only hope that if Baz has changed Fitzgerald’s novel around to fit his eye-popping cinematics that he will, at the very least, maintain the integrity of the words of its characters.
The trailer shows promising ingenuity on Luhrmann’s part by creating brilliantly lit and deliciously designed cinematography of the Roaring Twenties, and hopefully he will live up to his reputation for breathing a fevered intensity into his characters with an all-star cast and bringing ne’er-forgotten classics back into the limelight where they belong.
There are now 5 film versions of the The Great Gastby. Which one prevails in popularity depends largely on personal taste and how closely the film sticks to the novel. However, Baz Luhrmann’s version of the film (which is being released in 3D) is bound to draw viewers into the film in such a way that it will be useless for them to voluntarily attempt to pry their admiring eyes from the screen!
- Shawn Bonner, YH Staff
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