Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Gatsby": No, but I saw the book

Recently picked up some culture by seeing Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.

+: Can't really go wrong with the book; Leo DiCaprio, whose work I've seen I've liked (he's the Robert Redford of the '90s-'10s); beautiful women; the depiction of zany excess suggesting The Wolf of Wall Street; and period details, from the hats and cars to the Mid-Atlantic (slightly English) upper-class American voice, old sport.

-: Luhrmann's anachronistic music that worked in Moulin Rouge! and gimmicky computer effects are annoying here. He didn't need them.

Gatsby (where part of the idea for Don Draper may have come from): great romantic or try-hard sap bound to lose the girl? ("The Great Gatsby was a beta orbiter who got the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock, and look what happened to him!") Fitzgerald doesn't give pat answers. My guess is the romanticism wouldn't have stood a chance if he hadn't made the money and gotten the resulting power.

The fun and the egocentrism: the '20s was the peak of Anglo-Catholicism.

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