James Holmes

Gatsby Goes Glam

Filed By James Holmes | May 23, 2012 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: 3D, Baz Luhrmann

Gatsby-cover.gifWhen I read over a year ago that Baz Luhrmann was doing a 3D remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, I was a mix of emotions.

First, I love Baz Luhrmann - at least what I have seen. I'll admit to skipping Australia, but from the reviews, I was not alone (feel free to convince me to give it a try). But Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! are still two of the most beautiful movies I have every seen. The visuals, the acting, the writing, and the music - all spot on and mesmerizing.

Second, I have read and reread The Great Gatsby more than any other book (sorry Harry Potter) since I first read it in 6th grade. I didn't understand half the references then, but I fell in love.

Third, can Gatsby be effectively translated to 3D? I tend to fall into Roger Ebert's school of thought on 3D films. Mostly, they give me a headache and serve as not much more than a gimmick. The one exception in my experience was Avatar, but it's epic size and James Cameron's mastery of whatever he tries (and the fact that he invented the technology used) made it seem necessary. But Gatsby? I mean, the story is big, but epic? Can Luhrmann pull off a James Cameron? The trailer gives me some hope.

Check out the first look after the jump. Will he do the book justice? Can the 20s roar in 3D? I've already decided it will be worth an over priced ticket. What about you?

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