Have you been to see Gatsby yet? Just a little note before you do. Coupled with the fact that I could happily spread Leo on a cracker, I loved this film. I also feel the need to give the venue that we watched it at a bit of a shout out here too. Neil and I went to see it at the new Everyman Cinema Leeds last week, and were greeted on arrival by 1920s cocktails, yummy canapes and a jazz band. I think there are a few of these cinemas dotted around the country, so if you get the chance to you should definitely pay one a visit, they have comfy sofas, cushions, side tables, loads of leg room, freshly-made pizzas and a bar. I'm a little obsessed.
Before going to see it I'd read more than a few mixed reviews, which I'm putting down to the fact that some cinema-goers and critics perhaps assumed they were off to see an exact movie-replica of the book. Now I'm a long time fan of the book, but for those of you who've had the pleasure of reading it, it should be pretty obvious from the offset that Fitzgerald's first person narrative and prose wouldn't translate easily on screen. One of the reasons that the novel is so famous and beloved is that the story and characters can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. So with that in mind, and if you push any literary snobbery you may be feeling aside, what you're greeted with by this film is Luhrmann's own vibrant, kaleidoscopic, extravagant and frenetic interpretation of an American classic. I think the soundtrack is genius (I've been this-is-my-jamming-it 'til the cows come home this week), the sets are beautiful, the costumes (by Prada) are incredible and the casting is brilliant. Leonardo is the perfect Gatsby, but I could merrily wang on about that all day. In fact, I'm considering whether or not it would be weird to ask my boyfriend to permanently dress in a beige suit and carry a 1920s cane........ok it probably would.
Go see it!
(images from theweek.com, digitalspy.co.uk, hollywoodreporter.com)