Thank you to Tiffany for inviting me to The Great Gatsby Premiere. You've all seen the trailer, read the book, maybe even seen the Farrow/Redford 70's version so I'm not going to talk about the story, just my take on the Lurhmann's version. I loved the Art Deco aesthetics, how could I not. Easy to say, yet true. The costumes are fantastic, the jewerelly is amazing, the soundtrack is a mix of old and contemporay songs, but I'm sure you all know it by heart already. So I have 2 things to declare:
1- It is well played. I loved the sensitivity Mulligan brought to Daisy, and I was surprised Di Caprio could make me laugh.
2- The production had too much of a comics vibe for me. Too many slow motions and close-ups, it gave the story a bit of a teenage edge that wasn't necessary I thought because the way it was played and the choice of young looking actors already gave it the force and passion of first loves. I always thought of The Great Gatsby like an adult, kind of second life, novel.
Just like Coppola's Marie-Antoinette, Lurhmann's Great Gatsby is a visual masterpiece I will enjoy anytime, as a painting.
More about the movie here.