The Great Gatsby

Though I was skeptical at first, regarding Hollywood’s decision to remake F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” I was soon reassured that this is going to be  a magnificent masterpiece rife with talented actors and directed by one of my favourite director’s, Baz Luhrmann. Well, I at least pray for all our sakes that it is al beautifully haunting and alluring as the novel and 1974 film adaptation.

Filming is now underway in Australia and will last approximately seventeen weeks, which is a hefty shooting schedule, but nothing that stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire, as they know they have some big shoes to fill. Not only is it necessary to do the text justice, but Leo and Carey are stepping into the shoes of Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, which in itself can be frightfully intimidating.

Redford and Farrow on set of "The Great Gatsby"

However, I have faith in Luhrmann’s vision and ability as a director. First, he will be shooting on his home turf and not under the compressing authority of Hollywood. Second, he is familiar with adaptations and remakes, as he became internationally known and critically praised for Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1997) and Moulin Rouge! (2001). Lastly, his films always have an incredible star power behind them, and reuniting with DiCaprio, even though he is no longer a teen heart-throb, can only work in his favour because audiences are already familiar with their pairing.

Carey as Daisy. Photographed by Baz Luhrmann

Another pull will come from actress, Carey Mulligan. She is young, beautiful, and talented, and apparently she is extremely dedicated to the role, immersing herself in everything she feels will aid her performance. Carey said,

“I’ve had so much time and I’ve been able to read so much Fitzgerald. I went to Princeton where they keep all his papers and I got to look at Zelda Fitzgerald’s medical records and got to look at the most amazing stuff, the first manuscript of The Great Gatsby.”

How incredibly lucky some people are! It is an understatement to say that I am jealous, but hey, whatever helps you get into character right? All I can really say is that this is the first non-superhero movie that I am eagerly anticipating for 2012. Now if only time could speed up just a tad.



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