So now that the summer movie season is in full swing, we're being treated to some tasty cinematic morsels we won't be able to savor until the holidays. First up, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, a lavish-looking remake of the 1974 F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation which starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.
The 2012 edition stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular Long Island, New York millionaire who befriends Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and develops an infatuation with the beguiling Daisy (a perfectly cast Carey Mulligan). Romance blossoms, tensions rise, and everyone gets carried away amidst several decadent parties. It's just like watching any given reality show on Bravo -- except it's 1922. Watch:
The modern music juxtaposing the vintage looks is very Lurhmannesque (remember Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge?), and who knows if it's just for the trailer. Doesn't matter. We were sold at the first frame.
*Too bad Baz can't be touted as "the director of Australia" because we sooo loved that 2008 bomb.