Great Gatsby with James Franco commentary

on the story and the fashion

Apparently James Franco felt the need to review a movie in which he isn’t in or has anything to do with.
He wrote an epic review on “Vice” titled “Gatsby” a few impressions. His impressions were these:

  • Franco felt like Baz Luhrmann, the director, had to answer this question: How do I make this older material live in a new medium for a modern audience? And somehow Luhrmann managed to be loyal to both the original text and to his contemporary audience. The jazz music of the 20s was raw and dangerous, but if Luhrmann had used that music today, it would have been a museum piece—irrelevant to mainstream and high culture alike, because they would’ve already known what’s coming. There have been objections to his use of 3D, but frankly it’s a non issue. It works, and is neither distracting nor game changing. You just deal with it because you want to. It’s fun to watch.
  • Franco continues by bashing the critics with this: The critics who’ve ravaged the film for not being loyal to the book are hypocrites. These people make their living doing readings and critiques of texts in order to generate theories of varying levels of competency, or simply to make a living. Luhrmann’s film is his reading and adaptation of a text—his critique, if you will.
  • He finishes things up with : In the end, Luhrmann made it work, and that’s all that matters. The movie held together. We watched the story, we felt things, we were transported, and we were engaged.

Apart from the story, actors and plotline’s are there any other reasons to go watch “The Great Gatsby?”
If you are a Fashionista you might have been looking to replace the grandeur that whisked you away
while you were dreaming about Mister Big and watching all those unforgettable outfits swivel before
your eyes when Sex and The City decided to make movies. Admittedly: the stories were never that great.
(The serie was, but the movies not so much.) However all of that vanished when there was fashion
that could be ogled, ah the fashion! And how well Carry, or better yet Sarah Jessica Parker could strut
that stuff. (Sarah might not be the most beautiful woman the public has ever seen but it is easy to
relate to her and picture yourself in her clothing. Heck you might even look better in the clothing than she did)

Now on to the replacement or better yet a Baz Luhrmann induced fashion coma that swivels and pulsates and gives you time to breathe as well. We are talking “Great Gatsby”. None other than Miuccia Prada had been approached to design at least 40 costumes for the film’s luxurious party scenes. One fashion highlight that Miuccia came forth with is called the “chandelier dress”; an extravaganza ordained with huge gem stones, a bow at an oddly placed area (Carey Mulligan’s navel) and a plunging neckline that sometimes gets hidden by a grey purplish fur stole.

The wife of Baz Luhrmann, who normally does the costume design, admitted that she hadn’t felt like recreating all the different clothing styles from the nineteen twenties era. She spoke about it being a story that has to be told in a certain way that befits the real life characters and the fictional ones. However it’s not a documentary type of movie so everything doesn’t have to match perfectly. Miuccia Prada was rumored to be very surprised that Baz and his wife wanted her to do the costume design because according to her the Prada designs aren’t based on the lavish Jazz age. This statement is remarkable because a lot of Prada’s collection would have fitted in the movie and nobody would have thought twice about it.

Therefore the Great Gatsby is a movie every fashion lover, Jazz age enthusiast and general admirer of beautiful things should go and see because it doesn’t happen often that a movie gets decked out by Prada and in such a new and exhilarating way while maintaining the style and glamour of a long ago era which is still very fashionable today. Just ask James Franco.

 By:Georgina Pijttersen


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