The Moulin Rouge Guy Made A Great Gatsby Movie
By Alex Cranz
I was never crazy about Great Gatsby. A fact that is probably currently horrifying my old roommate who really loved it (by the way I have your copy of it for some reason). Most of my memories of the book involve watching my super religious and socially conservative high school English teacher freak out when a dude said that Nick was gay, that aforementioned roommate gushing about the book at a frat party, and remembering that part where they go to a bullfight.
Because I always, always, always confuse it with The Sun Also Rises. For a woman who went to a school with a fantastic literature department I apparently fail at books.
However this new adaptation of the novel looks to build new memories for me. Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby? Isla Fisher as the original Moaning Myrtle? Carey Mulligan playing the part that she was born to play as soon as she got her first pixie cut? Heck yes!
And from Baz Luhrman! Is there any better director for handling gaudy melodramatic period pieces? Any? NO.
The Great Gatsby will be murdered while chilling at the pool this Christmas and it will be in 3D and apparently there will be car chases. That roommate is probably excited. That teacher? Probably calling for her vapors as she passes out again.