About two months ago I watched the movie, The Great Gatsby, by Australian director, producer and screenwriter, Baz Luhrmann, and really enjoyed it.
It's strange, because although I don’t normally care for remakes of original films, there was something about this 2013 version that I found lavishly juicy. And I think a lot of that had to do with the amazing computer generated effects and production design, which gave the film a decadent and excessive quality, much like it was in the roaring twenties with the high-octane parties, music, and style.
Especially for someone like, Jay Gatsby, who was a millionaire and lived a larger than life existence.
Another thing I enjoyed was that Baz Luhrmann fused the music soundtrack with many popular vocal artists of today, giving the film both a past and present feel. Again, I don’t normally like when a director takes a movie classic and updates it, however, it seemed to work for Luhrmann’s own unique interpretation of The Great Gatsby novel.
But above all, my favorite things about this film were the clothes, jewelry, hair, makeup, and the whole Art Deco design of the era, which was largely due to Catherine Martin, who was the production/costume designer of this film, and who is also the wife of Baz Luhrmann.
Catherine’s design of this film was nothing short of brilliant. In fact, she won the Academy Award for Best Production Design for The Great Gatsby, which she very much deserved.
Overall, the film got mixed reviews. But as I shared, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it because I didn't think I would.
Allow me to take you on a brief flashback to the roaring twenties and The Great Gatsby.
Please note the attention to detail in these production photos. It’s flawless!
I'm, Jay Gatsby!
Inside the home of Jay Gatsby
A computer generated Times Square in New York City
Jay Gatsby's swimming pool
A party scene
Men's and women's fashion - love the hats!
Daisy and Jay - the crystal chandelier dress she's wearing was made by Prada - yup...and they're real crystals
Jay Gatsby's car - a Duesenberg
Two jazz nightclub dancers
A car party - also computer generated
Jewelry collection used in the film by Tiffany
Jay and Daisy dancing
Have a ROARING Monday, y'all!