Can you be addicted to a trailer for a movie? Yes. Yes, you absolutely can. Maybe it’s the hook and oddly-metallic opening voiceover. Maybe it’s the extravagant party scenes. Maybe it’s everything building and morphing together and going to hell in an epic theatrical shitshow. Maybe it’s my inherent addictive personality. In the end, it doesn’t matter. This. Looks. Awesome.
I think I would be angry if this movie looked like a simple, realistic attempt at the book, but I have a feeling Luhrmann might just pull this one off. The pure theatrics of the scenes, colors, music, and costuming (especially based on his past work) should hopefully elevate this to a place where you can’t exactly compare it directly to the book. In a way, you can’t be a purist because of how extreme this adaptation looks. The casting, styling, and epicness of the parties is perfect. Perfect. Please, feel free to disagree with me. You’re wrong.
Side note: While I started this post just as a “OHMYGODLOOKATTHISNOWEVERYONE” kind of PSA,in flipping through my copy of the book looking for quotes I could throw in, I’ve decided I want to write a much longer post on Gatsby and frighteningly ‘Cac-y parallels. So, uh, expect that later when I get bored enough this summer to do it. But really… haven’t we all been at this party, and don’t we each have our own Gatsby and Nick and Tom and Daisy?
“The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other’s names.”
But actually. People are literally setting off fireworks on the quad right now.
If the movie flops and I hate it, please expect a scathing review around Christmas. For now I’ll just watch the trailer on repeat…