Great Gatsby here again.: release Summer 2013.
A new movie, based on the famous American novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald, will be released in 2013. It is directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring by Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton (screenplay by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce). Audiences are waiting for it with excitement.
However, the comparison with the old film directed in 1974 by Jack Clayton and starring by Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Karen Black (screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola) is inevitable.
Remakes of good movies (no doubt that the old version was a good one) are usually a disappointment and we ask if Leonardo DiCaprio has made a bad choice for the first time in his successful career.
We still remember the smooth rhythm of Jack Clayton’s version, its precious photography and luxurious decoration full of metaphoric details that the camera took smartly. For example, the great eyes of and advert on the road symbolized the truth; the unexpected apparition of a bird corpse on the beach reminded viewers that everybody (even the richest people) could die; the balanced by wind curtains, which ended the film, are the crazy fortune managing our lives… We can continue citing examples because the old movie is already and icon and many later film directors have been influenced by it and its powerful symbols.
Furthermore, stars get into the role and Robert Redford is more handsome than ever.
The only dull point is May Farrow and her hysterical performance, which turns Daisy Buchanan into a lunatic lady instead of Fitzgerald’s selfish resentful character: a woman who despises men and likes they fight for her ‘love’; a woman who lives obsessed by her teen years and doesn’t admit she is already a mother with responsibilities; a woman able to kill and don’t feel remorse, permanently looking at herself.
Money, Charleston and design. There were the Happy 20’s, a romantic tragic time as Jack Clayton’s film.
The Great Gatsby of 2013 has a lot in common with the movie of 1974. Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce have respected the novel and the best visual moments of the old movie. It’s remarkable the ‘rain’ of Gatsby’s silk shirts, symbol of his current easily achieved wealth. Less Charleston and more Jazz, less exterior scenes and more agonic interiors, maybe to outline the asphyxia that money causes in Gatsby, born poor, grown in the Great War, and with an only obsession: Daisy.
Daisy was his old girlfriend, who married a rich man while he was in the war and who has forgotten him because he was only a poor boy: ‘Rich girls doesn’t marry poor boys’. However, 10 years later, things have changed. Jay Gatsby has got a great fortune with the illegal alcoholic beverages traffic, and Daisy… ‘Daisy has the mouth full of… full of money.’ Maybe now, Jay Gatsby will be able of getting her love.
Leonardo DiCaprio, with his great acting skills, is supposed to be the best actor for this role. A man with two faces: Peter Pan complex and smuggler.
Enjoy the film!
See the Official Trailer: