Yesterday I went to the premiere of the most anticipated movie of the year: The Great Gatsby. I had great expectations of this movie as it was hyped in all magazines, websites and tv shows. And as an American Studies graduate, I just couldn’t wait to see this adaption of the American classic novel. So here’s my verdict:
The Great Gatsby is a must-see, but not for the plot, acting or directing. It’s a must-see for the dazzling production: stunning costumes, detailed interior design, and beautiful scenery. [continue reading after the video]
What was not so great
I didn’t like the characters, they were flat and portrayed as superficial. There are just a handful of scenes where you can sense the roaring twenties and can indulge in the frenzy of the Jazz Age world. The classic story got a modern adaption, and I don’t mind that, but dancing on Kanye West and Jay Z music went a bit too far for my taste. I also didn’t get the value of making it a 3D version. The scenes and camera angles were changing fast enough in itself without the exaggerating effects the 3D created.
But let’s talk happy things…
What was great
Great fashion – Tiffany’s jewelry, glitz and glam fashion and lavish luxury accessories. The movie is truly about excessive glamour, opulence, and glitter. The costuming captures the nouveau riche in the roaring 20s perfectly. Muiccia Prada is responsible for 40 costumes in the film. Tiffany & Co. designed the stunning collection of platinum-set diamonds and pearls for the film. And Helen Moore has created faux fur collars to give Twenties-inspired outfits a modern twist. More is more in this movie, and I’m sure this movie will set the agenda for our own fashion designs the coming seasons.
Great decor – I also loved the decor and details in interior design. In the Architectural Digest I read: “Catherine Martin oversaw 42 individual sets created in and around Sydney, both on location and on soundstages. It took her team 14 weeks just to build, paint, and decorate Gatsby’s mansion, which called for a grand ballroom, library, master bedroom, entrance hall, and terrace, as well as a garden. Designs for the residence were based on the great early-20th-century houses of Long Island’s North Shore—places like Oheka Castle, La Selva, and Beacon Towers.”
Great cars – Although a few of the cars in the movie were computer generated and added in in post-production, one car was real: the yellow Rolls Roys. The movie is chock full of shiny old-timers with their perky headlights and broad leather seats. In those days a symbol of the American Dream, now something to drool over in the Great Gatsby.