It’s The Great Gatsby, Old Sport!

GG movie posterThe first thing you need to know about Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is that it’s Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Gatsby is Luhrmann’s fifth film, preceded by 1992’s Strictly Ballroom, 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, 2001’s Moulin Rouge!, and 2008’s Australia. Luhrmann doesn’t shy away from his signature style in this film, even though it’s based on a novel that has been read by millions and was written by one of the most respected American authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald. This runs the risk of alienating some viewers, especially those who are particularly fond of the original novel, published in 1925. moulin rougeLuhrmann’s unique style covers every aspect of a film, from camera angles, to plot devices, to soundtracks. One of the most significant aspects of a Luhrmann film is the juxtaposition of old and new. romeo and julietRomeo + Juliet is set in present day, but retains Shakespeare’s original dialogue. Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby take place in 1899 and 1922 respectively, but contain contemporary music. Continue reading