A few more after the cut. JustJared has the pics!
Thanks to @WordandFilm
Am I the only one dreading this one? Gatsby is to film what Macbeth is to stage – cursed. And in 3D? It will be a race to the bottom next year between this and Tom Hooper’s Les Mis.
I must say that’s jumping to conclusions. I like these new photos, though. And as for filming in 3D, I’m warming to the idea. What an interesting way to bring the roaring twenties to life? The cast also looks interesting to say the least. Personally, I’m excited.
I think this is going to be fine. I have to say DiCaprio is looking good in the photo. Not used to Mulligan in the flapper hairdo. But after seeing her in Drive and Shame I think she’ll put this off.
And Hooper’s Les Miz is going to improve on the stage show, I hope.
I like it so far. A comeback for Luhrmann would be appreciated.
I didn’t expect them to make Mulligan’s Daisy look so… innocent.
that’s the thing. Mulligan can’t play anything but innocent, melancholy, and sentimental…that’s her trademark and she cant let go of it
Steve50, you’re not the only one. This whole thing just feels so silly. Gatsby is such a tricky novel and story and Luhrmann is a director with such an unpredictable record: I just can’t picture this. Having said that, Leo looks divine. But, generally, these pics look like they were taken at a Halloween themed costume party. This movie is going to be divisive like Moulin Rouge or universally panned like Australia. As a student of literature, I’m leaning toward the latter.
Ugh. These pics just remind me how much better this film would be if it was a Gosling/Williams/Levitt trio. Sigh.
There is left just one question: Oscar for L. di Caprio this or next…?
I’ll have to see a trailer before I’m convinced. When I heard of this movie, I re-read the book. Though I hated it in HS, I really enjoyed it now.
DiCaprio looks like he can pull it off as does Mulligan- but on neither am I convinced yet. I was on board with Maguire, but those pics make him stand out like a sore thumb for me- actually seeing him in wardrobe makes me see he doesn’t look like Nick as I pictured him. But a pic isn’t much to go by.
The novel is unfilmable -too slim in volume and its characters too ethereal – and this will be the 5th attempt. The 1926 version is lost (I think only a one minute trailer remains). In 1949, the complaint was that the characters, except for Alan Ladd, were “off kilter.”
I remember the PR build up in ’74. The number one BO male star was given the lead. They made the search for Daisy an event on par with the search for Scarlett O’Hara. There was Gatsby this, Gatsby that (fashion, hair styles, 20’s style merchandising, etc.) which went on during the filming to build up interest in the very expensive movie. Unfortunatley, what arrived on screen was a great steaming turd of a film with superficial production values, faked jazz age music, and, again, confused and over the top performances.
I didn’t much care for the 2000 TV version, either, but it was an improvement on the Redford version.
The problem is, Gatsby needs a director who can dig into the soul of the book, which is quite bewitching, and not fall for the lure of recreating the roaring 20’s and overpowering the story. We know Luhrmann’s penchant for set pieces and disregard for character. I also think that @hahalives made a good point on casting – I can see Gosling/Williams/Levitt in the parts, but not Leo/Mulligan/Spiderman.
I believe it is going to take a European director with a minimal budget to get this right.
“I believe it is going to take a European director with a minimal budget to get this right.”
Well, maybe, or perhaps a director who can be a terrific showman like Luhrman, who is not American. The exact problem with filming The Great Gatsby is — just how delicate do you want this to be? Couldn’t that turn this into a completely boring exercise? Speaking of innocence — is Williams less innocent in appearance than Mulligan? I absolutely think not. The innocence notion is bogus anyhow — Daisy’s appeal to Gatsby is her appearance of innocence and not merely beauty, which turns out to be quite off base in the end — since she’s actually very shallow and cruel. He’s blinded and the audience should be, at least initially, as well. I think the chemistry between the actors here will be excellent, by the way. A lot of people said DiCaprio would be terrible as J. Edgar, but that hasn’t exactly turned out to be the case at all. In fact he’s still being talked about seriously as a nominee for best actor, even with the movie itself failing to catch fire with critics and audiences. Gatsby would seem to be a far better match. And Maguire is underestimated due to preconceived notions of what the character should be. Does every main character have to be drop dead gorgeous for this to succeed? I really think that could be distracting myself. I’m interested in seeing what he can bring and not into automatic condemnation.
VVS writes: that’s the thing. Mulligan can’t play anything but innocent, melancholy, and sentimental…that’s her trademark and she cant let go of it
Guess you haven’t seen her in Shame. Or on stage as Nina in The Seagull or in Through a Glass Darkly. Or even in the Blink episode of Dr. Who. She has a wider range than you’re giving her credit for. And she hasn’t done anything remotely like her role in An Education in which I would hardly call her sentimental or melancholy.
Look at that close up photo. If DiCaprio only had the voice, he would be great in an Orson Welles biopic. I’m not knocking his voice, DiCaprio has proven that he’s a master of his craft. But to play Welles, who was so great on radio as well as film, I think the actor has to have a deep, powerful, resonant voice.
@davey … i saw shame, and while i’ll give her credit for trying to be different, those qualities still crept into her performance.
After J. Edgar, I’m almost convinced DiCaprio could play about anything. Of course, that isn’t true of any actor really and DiCaprio’s vocal pitch is, I suppose, his weakest asset. Not that he couldn’t mimic Welles better than just about anyone talking out of his ass on this board. Vincent D’Onofrio was an excellent Orson Welles, and what about that recent film with Zac Efron — Who played Welles there? He was also pretty great. So there are actors who already fit that role very well. DiCaprio IS a master of his craft and should be given due credit by now. He’s certainly earned it. Now, Leo, it’s time to relax and show us some new sides. As one of the more iconic and mysterious characters in modern literature or a charming but vicious villain perhaps? Oh wait, I think that’s what lies in your near future.
“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen
I totally disagree with you VVS. Mulligan has always had a little bit of hard edge to her performances for me. It’s disconcerting in An Education to see that but it’s there, especially towards the end. She hardens there and it’s really a beautiful thing to see because it’s so subtle and sublime. In total contrast to how young and innocent she looks, it’s clear that she’s grown up at that point–been educated in the hard knocks–and she’s much stronger than she seems. I think she’ll be an incredible Daisy, such an amazing young actress. It’s all in her eyes which is true of the finest actors. So you can go on and on but I think she will be a triumph in the end. I also poo poo anyone who thinks she isn’t beautiful. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. I couldn’t say that there are many great actresses out there who are drop dead gorgeous — Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, even Meryl Streep. They are definitely attractive but it’s their performances that bring the beauty to life, not their looks.
Leo looks Amazing!
Great stills but a still doesn’t make a great movie. Di Caprio is miscast in this and I don’t think he’s going too have an easy time. Mulligan doesn’t feel right at all. If I’d been Tobey Maguire I might have wanted the Tom Buchanan roll rather than the Carrington. Edward Norton would have been a better choice for Carrington. Bradley Cooper would have been a better choice for Gatsby and I might have thought about Knightley for Daisy. But I hated this book and don’t have any warnm fuzzy feelings about any of the filmed versions.
How is DiCaprio miscast, Nic V? How is Bradley Cooper, an actor who really doesn’t have the thesp chops to kiss Leo’s shoes, so much better a choice? Explain. Tobey Maguire as Tom Buchanan ….. uh no! Bradley maybe there…he actually went after the Buchanan role. Looking at Edgerton as Buchanan and he seems about right. Evidently not only did you not like the book, you didn’t really read it.
Say what you will about the Redford/Farrow Gatsby, but the casting and the costumes were wonderful. I can’t say the same for what I’m seeing here.
I think how good this movie is will depend mainly on Luhrmann, who has a spotty record. I think the movie is well cast, especially with DiCaprio who is finally believable for once.
He´s too old. And also too youthful looking. He is always miscast in everything. For every role he has done he should have done a completely different role. It´s so obvious. And all that Oscar-baiting, which he then tries to cover up by not campaigning. And the big question: Why Won´t he Do a Comedy?! He would be miscast, of course, but at least he would be miscast in a comedy!
He must be the world´s most stupid, misguided, limited, uncastable actor. I´m surprised I´ve even heard of him.
I honestly don’t know how I feel about this – it could be brilliant, it could be a train wreck, it could be both! However, as someone who prefers love or hate to indifference, that uncertainty is in itself quite exciting. In a way I feel like someone who will imprint their own style onto the story is preferable to a faithful, literal adaptation because the source material just isn’t very cinematic. The problem with Luhrmann is his overly theatrical style often veers into camp or slapstick and all emotional resonance is lost. When he gets the balance between visuals and tone right, as he did in Strictly Ballroom and Romeo+Juliet, I like his work. I’m hoping he pulls this off.
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