Four reasons why everyone should be more excited about The Great Gatsby

  • Because Daisy has been cast perfectly.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said himself that Daisy was a problem character, so it follows that it would need an immensely talented actress to play the part. I remember seeing Carey Mulligan on Doctor Who when I was 11 and wishing that she would be the next doctor’s companion because she was just such a good actress. Fortunately for the world she went on to much, much better things and has never disappointed me so far. Given her performances in both Drive and Shame I think it’s safe for us all to say that she can muster the tenderness and naivety to embody Daisy.

  • Because Baz Luhrmann is directing it.

I implicitly trust Baz Luhrmann, I have liked every film he’s directed (yes, even Australia). However for those that need more convincing we know from Moulin Rouge that he is capable of portraying the sinister undertones of an extravagant society. Additionally, from the trailers it appears that the approach to music will be similar to that in Moulin Rouge. Luhrmann’s Gatsby will not be confined to the music of the past he portrays, instead the atmosphere is communicated through current cultural framework of pop and rap music. While this may sound incongruous don’t forget that this is the man behind Romeo + Juliet where he proved himself the master of making the seemingly incongruous work together.

  • Because it won’t ruin the spirit of the book.

The trailer for The Great Gatsby shows a remarkable similarity to the soul of the text. While the images and scenes portrayed may not be to the letter what existed in print they are so clearly linked in terms of image, the metaphors of the book have merely been translated to cinematic language.

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“A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags … two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white and their dresses were rippling and fluttering.”

  • The Great Gatsby has just been selected to open Cannes. I already had enough reasons to see this film but this just validates them. May 17th cannot come around fast enough.

2 thoughts on “Four reasons why everyone should be more excited about The Great Gatsby

  1. Sam

    I agree with your comment that Carey Mulligan is a fantastic actress, but I am still unsure about casting her as Daisy. Admittedly I haven’t seen Shame and possibly she is far more versatile in a Javier-Bardem-esque way that doesn’t actually even seem possible, but from what I have seen of her I can’t imagine her managing to portray the troubled and strong side of Daisy; that which can manifest itself when she is not controlled by society.

    1. Flo Post author

      I quite disagree, from my recollection this strength is displayed in Carey Mulligan’s performance in An Education where her character’s raison d’etre was to struggle against the confines of her society and win.


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