Gasps as Gatsby lives up to his reclu­sive im­age

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - By Don­ald Clarke

One can read too much into news of shift­ing re­lease dates, but the in­for­ma­tion that Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has been kicked back by a full six months has re­ally got movie sooth­say­ers chat­ter­ing. The re­cent trailer for Baz’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzger­ald’s most fa­mous novel had al­ready di­vided opin­ion. En­thu­si­asts for the Aus­tralian’s school of camp ex­trav­a­gance felt that it looked ev­ery bit as fab­u­lous as they had hoped. Students of the el­e­gant Fitzger­ald novel strug­gled to speak over the gag­ging sound emerg­ing from their throats. It’s in 3-D. It fea­tures mu­sic from Jack White and Kanye West. Gatsby: Queen of the Desert, any­body?

For all that moan­ing – and de­spite the fail­ure of Luhrmann’s Aus­tralia – pun­dits still expected The Great Gatsby to fig­ure dur­ing Os­car sea­son. Pre­lim­i­nary pre­dic­tions had the film squar­ing up against other Christ­mas re­leases such as Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables and Steven Spiel­berg’s Lin­coln. Then, last week, Warner Broth­ers dropped its bomb. The pic­ture will not ap­pear in com­mer­cial cine­mas un­til the sum­mer of 2013.

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, in­ter­na­tional dis­tri­bu­tion pres­i­dent for Warn­ers, com­mented: “The re­sponses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phe­nom­e­nal, and we think The Great Gatsby will be the per­fect sum­mer movie around the world.”

To be fair, she may be en­tirely sin­cere. A noisy, camp, mu­sic-heavy romp might work very well in the sum­mer months. But it does, at least, look as if the film has been ever-so-slightly re­branded.

Luhrmann: sum­mer camp for Fitzger­ald adaptation

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