The extra depth gave the party scenes a quality that was half fairytale, half video game. From the framing to the casting of the dancers, Gatsby’s blowout was clearly reminiscent of past Luhrmann films. I was half expecing Harold Perrineau to show up in a wig and give us a little “Young Hearts Run Free” realness. In fact, the whole structure of the film was a callback to the “Red Curtain Trilogy.” Baz has a very specific, direct way of storytelling. He loves myth. He loves allegories with universal themes. And that’s what Gatsby is – yes, the characters are timeless. But the book is most celebrated for exemplifying a time period and defining a generation. Luhrmann approaches from that angle and always does. He starts with honoring the impact of the story and lets the actors take care of the authenticity of the characters. It makes me laugh when people criticize his films for not being “realistic,” because they couldn’t be missing the point more. He never, ever wants us to forget that we’re watching a movie. Fitzgerald certainly doesn’t shy away from heavy metaphor either, so it’s a match as far as I’m concerned. In fact, Baz’s use of the 3-D technology to emphasize F. Scott’s tentpole symbols (zooming the camera into and away from the green light on the dock; the snow dancing over Dr. TJ Eckleberg’s eyes; Gatsby’s shirts raining down on Daisy) made the film for me.
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“You’re both MONSTERS!” - An Early Review of August: Osage County
Last night Sage and I had the privilege of being among the first ever audience to…