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Somewhat belated ALERT ALERT ALERT
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There is a Great Gatsby trailer.

And my sister is NOT HAPPY about it. This is her favorite book, and she argues that both Gatsby and Daisy are ALL WRONG, and having read it, I see where she's coming from. It kind of looks like an entertaining trainwreck to me (as ceilidhann says, "This will either be a stunning adaptation of a classic or a Showgirls style hot mess. There is no in-between"), but then, I've lucked out with Books I Care About. Mostly. If you'll excuse me, I need to go pour one out for the unfinished His Dark Materials movie trilogy.

Also, I feel kind of bad--I don't picspam costumes on Tumblr anymore (mostly because I despair of trying to image-describe them sufficiently), but I have been using it for the kind of things I probably used to put on LJ. Mostly because there's a nice modular quality to it--a conversation here, a trailer there; you don't have to stop and collect enough stuff to merit a whole entry (or flail around when you have a backlog to deal with). But you can't get a good conversation going for shit over there, given the way commenting is (not) set up. So. I should probably make more of an effort to do a Tumblr roundup here. Thus, for example, we have an Avengers tag with Some cute Avengers fan art, Freakishly Lifelike Loki, and THORGI. (Also: Thorgi and Lokitty.) I also tend to throw any interesting conversations under the "twitter" tag. Which is where you find all the squamous ladies. So. \;;;/

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I'm pretty much with your sister on this one. I love Fitzgerald and the first time I read the book in high school Gatsby became one of my main literary crushes. A few years later I got to help teach the book to a class of teenagers and it only reinforced that initial impression. Leo's serious-so-serious face throughout this trailer makes me wince. Not My Gatsby.

I just kind of had this "Oh, BAZ" reaction. Like, it looks like a trainwreck, but I could still enjoy the trainwreckiness.

No one else should play Gatsby while Jon Hamm still lives.

And seriously, it being in 3D is like a Saturday Night Live sketch. This is the kind of thing we should be shouting "Have we lived and fought in vain?!" over.

Jon Hamm would make a brilliant Gatsby! Why didn't they cast him?

okay, I do NOT like this book, but I totally agree with your sister. Mis-cast. I have never liked Leo, and to think of him as Gatsby...nononono. I did kinda like Robert Redford in that role, all those years ago.

And, yeah. This is a book so MANY people have read and have feelings about - good, like your sister who loves it or bad, like me who does NOT love it - that probably 9 out of 10 people have an opinion on why the casting is wrong here.

For me Robert Redford's fake "old sport" does give me the Gatsby; however, I am thinking that maybe Leo's glum look might work since Gatsby IS a bootlegger.

It looks like it will be a very pretty trainwreck. Lovely art design.

To be honest, I never really liked the novel. And the only adaptation I've seen was the disastrous late-90s opera.

Anyone else REALLY distracted by the music? It always annoys me when they use modern music in a period piece and it REALLY sounds off here.

It also seems a bit... dark. Gatsby's not a happy book, no, but it has that veneer of "look at us partying we like our lives we like our lives WHY DON'T WE LIKE OUR LIVES" up until the confrontation. That's how it struck me, at least, could be misremembering. Eh. Probably wasn't ranking that one high on my "must watch" list anyway.

I love that Jack White U2 cover (from back when a whole spate of them came out) but even in terms of modern music, it just doesn't seem to fit Gatsby at all. It's too raw and desperate--I always felt the POINT of TGG was the gilded surface and the shallowness and so on, like the surface of this pool that you had to look through to see what was going on underneath. Not "DEATH! DEATH!!!"

Also, I could buy Leo playing Tom Buchanan before I could see him playing Gatsby.

Can we just say "made of fail"? Because I am definitely not wasting my few movie $$ to see this.

To me, the Great Gatsby game looks better than the movie:


Are image descriptions necessary on tumblr? I can't say that I've seen many posters there using them.

ahhhhh the stupid eyes they always kill me. I want to beat that game someday.

Image descriptions aren't necessary, and actually kind of uncommon, yeah. But I had a couple of people ask me to do them to be more accessible for the visually impaired, so... I don't want to go back on that. At the same time, I'm just completely at sea as to how to describe really detailed artowrk or complicated historical clothing, particularly if I don't have the artistic/sartorial vocabulary for it. So I try to post more video or text-based entries, or pictures I can think of something interesting to say about. A lot of people really dislike image descriptions (they can afford to dislike them, I guess), so I try to make sure mine are entertaining on their own.

Man. I was wincing, even though I loved the sets and the costumes. Leo's making his squinchy face the entire time. He looks so uncomfortable and uptight- not at all my mental image of Gatsby! I'm intrigued, though. Some of my favorite moments from the book were in the trailer (somewhat altered).

I have such mixed feelings on this trailer. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books. I think if the 3D is done right it could add to the whole "our lives are so artificial" vibe, but it also has the potential to be a trainwreck. Hopefully the in your face aspect of 3D will be limited to Gatsby's parties. Leo's serious face doesn't bother me. Gatsby is playing a part, the part of the American dream, so he could one day get Daisy back. He's an unhappy guy with a purposefully mysterious past. I mean, he does kill himself.

I wonder if Tom is going to be as much of a racist, classist, misogynistic, xenophobe as he is in the book?

Edited at 2012-05-24 05:59 pm (UTC)

He kills himself? Did we read the same "Gatsby"? Or are you thinking "suicide by Wilson"?

Oh dear god, the pernicious influence of Andrew Lloyd Weber on absolutely everything. Next up: "The Sound and the Fury: The Musical!"

Gatsby is not one of my favorite books, but it brings, at least, a bit of subtlety and class to its dissection of America's total lack of subtlety and class.

oh, I wish there was a 'like' button for this, because I REALLY like what you said, here.

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I love Baz Luhrmann spectacles like I love deep fried twinkies. So bad, yet so good. This. SO much this!

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Your description of Leo as Gatsby is spot on - the thing I liked about Gatsby in the book was how naïve and unassuming he was for being a gazillionaire (well, the 20s equivalent of that), how sort of dreamy and romantic he was (philosophically, not like... in terms of attractiveness). Leo just looks too confident and showy and wrong for the part.

Am I the only one who thinks this trailer is okay? And that Leo isn't dreadfully miscast? I agree he probably would have been a better Tom Buchanan, but I can see him as Gatsby - and TGG is one of my favourite books.

I just cannot get over things like 3-D EYES OF TJ ECKLEBERG and I'm predicting Daisy's green light will be turned into a laser light show.

Still can't see Leo as Gatsby, but I think Carey Mulligan will be very good as Daisy.

I think Carey Mulligan was a great choice for Daisy, but Leo is just... so, so wrong as Gatsby.