I am back on track with my mission! Spending that time on the film set was amazing but it made all of my work pile up and get stressful. Things have started to calm down and now I can recommit to my project.
Last Thursday, I saw a day early screening of Great Gatsby with my friend at the Cinerama Dome. I have mixed feelings about the movie. It's definitely worth seeing, for the discussion alone. My opinion needs a little bit of backstory. Moulin Rouge is my all-time favorite movie. I haven't seen it in a while but there was a time I watched it constantly and never stopped talking about it. It is so integral to my absolute being, not to be an over-dramatic teen. Great Gatsby was a little too Moulin Rouge for me. I know it's just Baz Lurhmann's style in all his movies, but it just felt like a copycat trying to recreate Moulin Rouge at times. Like there was one moment when Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) was at his typewriter, wallowing in the past with his angsty drunken scruff and it was identical to Christian (Ewan McGregor) in Moulin Rouge. Like, the imagery of it, the costumes, the lighting, even the dialogue! So it sat a little funny with me.
That being said, it was absolutely gorgeous and there were times I totally loved it. The cast did an amazing job. I've missed seeing Tobey's face. I think he's great. Carey Mulligan is so damn effervescent and angelic, I can't even deal. I was really impressed with Leo DiCaprio, especially how young and vivacious (and HOT) he still looks! He's played some older, less glamorous roles lately and it was a refreshing surprise to see him be suave handsome man again. He was made to play Jay Gatsby. Great casting. Isla Fisher keeps pleasantly surprising me! I loved her as Myrtle, the sexy adultress of the dirty city. Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker was honestly the biggest surprise of the whole thing, though. She's fresh out of Australian theater school, hand-picked by Baz himself and she is a TOTAL delight. I am in love with her. I can't wait to see what her future holds. She burns bright, that's for sure.
The cinematography was very Baz, mostly to my liking. Sometimes it was too much, but there were some fantastic moments. One of my favorites was when we first see the Buchanan's mansion and we're introduced to Daisy through the veil of a ton of white sheer curtain blowing in the afternoon breeze with the sound of tinkling giggles and the silhouette of arms over the couch. An entrance totally befitting Daisy Buchanan. I thought all the party scenes at Gatsby's were perfect, visually. I'm not really a fan of Jay-Z's modern soundtrack. I admire the bold choice and I think it was absolutely PERFECT for the trailers, but took me out of the moment in the film.
Most importantly, I think the film did a fantastic job of toeing the fine line between gorgeous people that we all want to be friends with and party with always and reprehensible rich fools who take absolutely no responsibility for anything. So in that way, and many others, I think it did a great job transferring from page to screen.
I bought The Pick-up Artist as a discount DVD at Amoeba Music recently because the cover was like a John Hughes era romcom with Molly Ringwald and (baby!) Robert Downey Jr. It was super fun to watch, even though the plot was odd and confusing (as they can often be in those films). Molly and Robert were charming and cute as usual. It was crazy to see him so young. I loved their rapport, they had great chemistry.
I just watched Roman Holiday for the first time! My lord, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are so damn charming and lovely. This film is freaking awesome. So hilarious, so sweet, so visually great, just a fantastic example of classic filmmaking. Everyone should definitely see this movie. I have always loved the concept of Audrey, but I am definitely behind on my history of her. This movie made me fall in love with her for sure, and I can't wait to watch the rest of her films.
Last night I watched Dirty Dancing with my mom. My lord, that movie is hot! It was so enchanting and fun and I was totally along for the ride. Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze were both PERFECTLY cast. It's just a fantastic movie and I'm so happy. Nobody puts Baby in a corner!