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Baz Luhrmann’s lavish adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel finally hits theaters. Is this another “Australia” or “Moulin Rouge!”?

The Good 

As with most Baz Luhrmann films, this movie is visually beautiful. Except this takes it to a whole new level. For the first half of the film, Luhrmann’s eyes for grandiose, over-the-top, eye catching visuals is on full display. Let’s just say when it comes to the party scenes, it seems like Luhrmann was born to direct them. And, despite lots of worries beforehand, Luhrmann stays true to the book and this is undoubtedly F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”. That might not seem like high praise, but coming from a director like Luhrmann, this is a big accomplishment.

Leonardo DiCaprio shines in this film. He has that perfect mix with the self-confidence and the bravado, but also the self-doubt that it’s all false. It amazes me that DiCaprio has grown into the actor he is today. And he’s clearly the highlight acting-wise of the film. From the music to the visuals, the film gives off a very “cool” vibe, which is no small feat. The film could have easily turned into a silly, campy film.

The Bad 

Full disclosure, I’m not a huge fan of the novel. But, I had some huge problems with this film. The first is the film romanticized the very thing the novel sought to disillusion people about. For a story that really relies on the characters interacting, it seems as though several of the other actors just never felt fully comfortable and Luhrmann doesn’t give them a chance to interact like they should. Carey Mulligan (Daisy) in particular just didn’t cut it for me for the most part. The biggest problem with the movie is that it may be “cool” but it’s not moving. And that’s a fatal flaw for an adaptation like “The Great Gatsby”.

The Final Word

When this film works, it’s fascinating to watch. Unfortunately, too many times the film drags and sacrifices acting for Luhrmann’s love of visual flair. Not as bad as “Australia” but this film could be the biggest disappointment of the summer because of what it could have been.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.


Remember back when Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby” was going to be released in December? Remember how we were all excited to see Leonardo DiCaprio in possibly two great movies in this one and “Django Unchained”? Now that Gatsby is set to finally be released and the big question is: Is this the first bomb of the summer?

I know, how could a movie this grand with this much press and boasting a cast including Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan not be successful, right? Well, take a look at the second and third weekends in May. It hasn’t been kind to films (Just look at Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”). “Iron Man 3” is fresh off its $175 million opening weekend. J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” has fans chomping at the bit. A week later, “The Hangover Part III”, “Epic” and “Fast and Furious 6″ comes out. Finally the month ends with ‘After Earth”. What am I saying? There’s a lot of high profile movies that fans are going to be rushing out to see. So where does that leave Gatsby? What would have likely been a hit in December may not even reach $100 million in the summer. There’s just too much hype surrounding all these other movies, too much backlash against Luhrmann because of “Australia” and too many people who aren’t huge fans of the book. The target audience is limited to begin with. Now with so many films coming out, could “The Great Gatsby” fail to crack $40-50 million its opening weekend? That might be tough. And if the film isn’t a total hit critically, it could wind up in the $80-90 million range. This isn’t “Battleship” bad, but with the first reviews of the film very lukewarm on Rotten Tomatoes, this could be the first financial disappointment of the summer.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Next week, one of the biggest movies of the summer (“Iron Man 3”) kicks off the summer movie season. May sees the releases of “Iron Man 3”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Epic”, “Fast and Furious 6”, “The Hangover Part III” and “After Earth”. Several smaller, but highly anticipated films like “After Shock”, “Before Midnight” and “The Iceman” are all hitting theaters in May as well. Which film are you looking forward to the most?

For me, it’s a tough call. I am absolutely, positively insanely excited to see “Before Midnight” starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy from director Richard Linklater. If you haven’t seen “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”, do yourself a favor and check them out ASAP. They are wonderful films and I’m hoping the third film can live up to the first two. That being said, it’s hard not to get excited for the big movies. “The Great Gatsby” from Baz Luhrmann is the biggest question mark of the month for me. He has an eye for style and loves to use some surprising music in his films. But “Australia” was overly long and boring and frankly this close to release and all anyone is talking about is the soundtrack. What about, you know, the cast? Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan will get me to check this film out, but I get the feeling this is going to be style over substance.

The two films I’m not excited for are “The Hangover Part III” and “After Earth”. For “The Hangover”, the good news is it won’t be the worst in the trilogy, but that’s only because the second film was so terrible. Todd Phillips really didn’t hit it with another road trip comedy, “Due Date” and this one will likely have a few funny moments, but fall flat a a whole. And “After Earth”. All I have to say is this: M. Night Shyamalan. The trailer had the unintended effect of making me laugh. I don’t have high hopes for that film at all.

I am excited for “Iron Man 3”. I think the change in director will do the series some good and Robert Downey Jr. should shine. But part of me does wonder if I’ll get Marvel fatigue pretty soon. “Star Trek Into Darkness” looks amazing. But let’s not forget with expectations sky rocketing, the first film was light on action and if you look at J.J. Abrams’ history, action is not his strongest suit. “Fast and Furious 6”, well there’s nothing wrong with a good action film. “Epic” looks like Fern Gully, but hey, I’m intrigued. “Before Midnight” tops my list of most anticipated film of May with ‘Iron Man 3″, FF6 and “Star Trek” close behind.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Yep. It’s happening. With the re-release of Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” in 3D, here’s a bit of news. Mining magnate Clive Palmer is making TWO Jurassic Parks in China and Australia. Each will play home to more than 117 dinosaurs. Sadly, there is no cloning, so we’re getting robot dinos. But that’s not the only thing Palmer is up to. He’s behind “Titanic II”. Don’t worry, it’s not a sequel to the James Cameron film. It is a recreation of the ship, with all the details copied, right down to staircases and the ship being split into three levels. Scheduled to set sale in 2016, it will follow the Titanic’s original path.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Sorry guys got caught up at work yesterday. But I’m back and here’s the latest trailer for “The Great Gatsby”.

From Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”, “Australia”) comes this stylish adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Baz Luhrmann’s (“Moulin Rouge!”, “Australia”) adaptation of “Great Gatsby” has been delayed until next summer. But, according to reports, Luhrmann is looking to use the time to tweak the music, apparently going after Prince and Lady GaGa to contribute to the soundtrack. Probably no surprise. He worked with Elton John on the “Moulin Rouge!” soundtrack and Radiohead was on the “Romeo and Juliet” soundtrack.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

WB has announced the new date for director Baz Luhrmann’s (“Australia”, “Moulin Rouge”) adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” is May 10. It seems odd at first, given it was going to get a Christmas day release. And, at first glance, pushing a film back to the following summer seems to take it right out of serious awards contention. Or does it?

The second weekend in May is a weird one. In fact, WB has had pretty bad luck that weekend in recent years. “House of Wax”, “Speed Racer”, “Poseidon” and even Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” were all WB films that flopped badly that weekend. So, it would seem to be a bad omen for this film. But, let’s not forget films like “Gladiator” and “Crash” both came out in early May and even “Moulin Rouges” had a limited release then. So, awards season contention isn’t out of the question.

With its cast, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Carey Mulligan, the film has enough star power to be a big draw at the box office. And that could actually build more momentum for its Oscar campaign. So, while delaying a film by that much can be bad (I’m talking to you Universal and “47 Ronin”), in this case, I think it might actually help the film.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I was pretty surprised when WB decided to delay “The Great Gatsby” from director Baz Luhrmann from December to summer, effectively taking it out of the Oscar race. Now, it makes more sense. Luhrmann has called the principle cast back, which includes Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan for reshoots…except he doesn’t have the money to pay them and WB might not give it to him. That would mean investors would have to swoop in. The budget is reportedly $127 million, pretty high for an adaptation like this.

Looks like we’re in for a stinker.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It would have been an interesting battle to watch on Christmas Day, but no longer will Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby” go head to head. The latter has been delayed until summer 2013, with WB stating will be the perfect summer movie around the world. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton and Toby Maguire. “Django Unchained” also stars DiCaprio along with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington.

Makes me wonder why WB isn’t confident enough to keep its release date. Anyways, it’s the second big film of the year to be pushed back pretty close to its release date.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the first trailer for “The Great Gatsby” directed by Baz Luhrmann (“Australia”).

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki and Amitabh Bachchan.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.