The Great Gatsby 3D


The delays that have plagued Baz Luhrmann‘s needlessly-in-3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby have been well-documented at la Film Ecole Rejecettes (refresh yourself HERE), but now that the auteur’s film will open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, perhaps the wait was worth it. The film will be Luhrmann’s third Cannes showing (his Strictly Ballroom screened in 1992 and Moulin Rouge! served as the fest’s opener in 2001) and is the fest’s first 3D opener since Up.  Tragically, however, opening night at Cannes happens to be May 15th, while the film’s American opening date is days earlier, on May 10th. So much for capitalizing on all that Cannes goodwill, but at least the glittering spectacle will get a suitably glittering spectacle of a “premiere” at the prestigious fest. This year’s Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15th through the 26th. [Press Release]


Well, have you seen Moulin Rouge? In some of the least surprising news of possibly the entire decade, The Playlist has dug up news that Baz Luhrmann‘s plagued The Great Gatsby won’t just come with the added gimmick of 3D, but possibly with a Prince and Lady Gaga-heavy soundtrack. You know what, Baz? That’s fine. It’s really fine. It’s certainly better than using 3D to tell the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story. It’s at least much more predictable. The outlet sat down with Adelaide Clemens (who co-stars in Luhrmann’s film), and she revealed the news, saying that “they have some new music that’s going to be added to the film…Some pretty huge artists have approached Baz and are writing songs for the film, and I don’t think Warner Bros. are going to turn down Prince and Lady Gaga knocking down your door.” Somewhat charmingly, The Playlist pressed her for more confirmation on said artists, and “she confirmed she was referring to the Prince and the Lady Gaga, demurring, ‘I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that.’” Thank goodness Prince has returned to his classic stage name, just imagine how confusing this would be if poor Clemens was trying to convey that (insert symbol here) might be doing some work on the soundtrack.


The trailer for Baz Luhrmann‘s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby was all kinds of flashy and promising, so when the news of the film’s Christmas release getting scrapped broke, it seemed as if the Oscar contender wasn’t exactly the awards picture everyone was making it out to be. Warner Bros. stated the release shift was only a matter of reaching the biggest audience possible, but if they really felt that confident in their 3D Luhrmann Fest, it’s doubtful the film would’ve had a difficult time reaching a broad audience come Christmas. Now, we’ve received news which raises questions over whether Warners was one hundred percent truthful with their reasoning. Luhrmann is currently seeking outside funds to “complete” the film, with Warner Bros. unwilling to sink any more cash into the $127m project. Luhrmann is attempting to privately raise funds for both additional reshoots and to polish the film’s substantial amount of effects.


While we’ve made little to no bones about our questioning of why the hell Baz Luhrmann decided that his take on The Great Gatsby needed to be in 3D (Nathan has called it “absolutely ridiculous,” I’ve said that I “still see no earthly reason” why the film will have a third dimension), that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to see this big, glittery pouf-ball of an American classic. However, it looks like we’ll have to hold our horses for a few more months, as Warner Bros. has just announced that they are moving Gatsby off of its Christmas release date into the vague timeframe of “Summer 2013.” In regards to this decision, Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, commented: “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more…We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.” Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Warner Bros.’ President of International Distribution, echoed that audience-reaching sentiment by saying, “The responses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal, and we think The Great Gatsby will be the perfect summer movie around the world.” Uh huh.


Forgive me if you disagree, but I can still see no earthly reason why Baz Luhrmann thinks that his take on F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby needs to be in 3D. And while the film’s first trailer should change that, should remove doubts about that pesky extra dimension, this one simply doesn’t. It’s classic Luhrmann in this new look – the energy, the colors, the splash, the spectacle, even the modern music over a classic story (cue Jay-Z and Kanye West) – and that should be enough to put the film in front of fresh eyes, but clearly the filmmaker doesn’t think so. Unfortunately, the effect of 3D made flat (and for computer viewing) means that all those big, clearly show-stopping shots come across with an air of fraudulence. It just doesn’t look real, even for Luhrmann and his trademark style. It’s also fairly obvious from this trailer alone the sort of shots Luhrmann will linger on to make the best use of his 3D – falling confetti, the swirl of a falling shirt, the curl of cigarette smoke, the swing of a polo mallet, and that’s all well and good, but it still feels remarkably pointless. Perhaps his cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton, will breathe some life into the circus. Remember that real life is in 3D and love is blindness, and watch the first trailer for The Great Gatsby after the break.

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