Nobody does cinematic extravagance quite like Baz Lhurmann. His previous offerings have all lavished the silverscreen with revisionist takes on various genres – Romeo + Juliet reimagines Shakespeare, Moulin Rouge! epitomises the post-modernist movie musical and Australia not so much blew the entire Western myth as re-establishes the genre as a pseudo-historical slice of cinema. Perhaps I’m overselling Lhurmann too much, but to give the guy some credit – nobody directs films like him these days. Now continuing his penchant for anachronism and revisionism, he tackles on Western Literature’s greatest baggage-heavy, death-to-the-American-dream novel of all-time, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless The Great Gatsby, and serves up what looks like 2012’s most sumptuous, lavishly executed film. Let’s just hope the substance is there, and not just style, and worthy enough to bury that turgid Robert Redford-Mia Farrow 1974 affair.
And whatever the hell Lhurmann was thinking on filming this in 3D is beyond my rat’s skull intelligence – but it better be good. Gatsby is a fully-pledged, red-blooded drama, and how on earth 3D is going to affect that, we shall see. Perhaps it’s about time our eyes pop out and tongues wagging as soon as Leonardo DiCaprio splashes out some 1920’s champagne. Divine decadence, darling!
Check out the trailer, with Lhurmann’s trademark anachronism, starting the soundtrack with a Kanye West and ending with Jack White’s Love is Blindness.
I sometimes wish my gate looks like this, to intimidate the thieves away.