Get out your calendar and mark this date: May 10, 2013. Just write 3 words: The Great Gatsby. Yes, one of America's favorite novels has been made into a movie, for the 5th time (have you seen the 1974 Coppola version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow?). Why would this justify me doing some advance planning, booking a babysitter, and actually going to the movie theater? Well, in no particular order.....
5 REASONS TO GO SEE THE GREAT GATSBY
1. Watch the trailer.
2. The Costumes:
I mean seriously, is that the most ridiculous trailer you've ever seen? Okay, moving on to the fantastic fashion throughout the film. Costume designer Catherine Martin collaborated with Italian designer and creative genius Miuccia Prada on the costumes for the movie. These two gals also worked together on Romeo and Juliet (Leo DiCaprio starred in that film as well) and judging from the clips from the film and Prada's sketches, the wardrobe will be awe-inspiring. Did I mention Tiffany & Co. provided the fine jewelry and Brooks Brother's took care of the men's clothes? I'm willing to bet it will be a fashionista's dream come true.
|Sketches by Miuccia Prada of The Great Gatsby costumes for Daisy Buchannan (played by Cary Mulligan).|
3. Baz Luhrmann:
Gatsby's famed director Baz Luhrmann also previously directed two of my favorite movies of all-time - Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge. If you've seen either, you know why Luhrmann is known for his mind-blowingly gorgeous films, all of which have vibrant colors, stunning cinematography, large-scale choreographed dance sequences, and perfectly timed music. Visual masterpieces are his speciality.
With a soundtrack featuring Florence and the Machine, will.i.am, the XX, Gotye, Kayne West, Jack White, Lana Del Rey, & Jay-Z, how can it be anything but perfection? Interscope just released this 6 minute soundtrack sampler - I need every song on my IPod stat.
5. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Not only is Fitzgerald one of my favorite authors, but I've read The Great Gatsby at least 5 times since high school. Having always been intrigued by the east-coast society set, with their lavish galas and over-the-top parties, this book gave me a glimpse into what it would be like to party at Jay Gatsby's mansion, mingling with his hundreds of guests in stunning 20's dresses, cigarettes and champagne in hand. If only I had a time machine.
Convinced that you MUST see this movie? I am. Now all I need to do is figure out what to wear - I think it calls for something a little more fab than my usual skinny jeans.