Gushing over Gatsby

Oh. My. Goodness. I haven’t been so excited about an upcoming movie like I am about this May’s The Great Gatsby since…I don’t know how long.

And although I was bummed they pushed back the release a few months — it was supposed to come out this past Christmas — at least they compensated with this wonderful, second trailer. Which is kind of a mini synopsis of the whole book, but who hasn’t already read it for 10th grade English class?

The yellow car, the green light at the end of the dock, the whole “You can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can.” I don’t want to get my hopes too high up, but I’m really hoping that this is a faithful adaptation of the book, one of my favorites — and an American classic.

With Anna KareninaLes MisThe Life of Pi…and THIS, it’s been a good time for English majors/book-lovers wanting to put down their tomes and head to the theaters.

P.S. If you want to live it up Jazz Age-style, visit a speakeasy! My first two were in Seattle: Needle & Thread and Bathtub Gin & Co.. NYC has Death & CoPlease Don’t Tell, and Apotheke, among others.

I mean, there is just something so cool about going into a bar that you have to access through a dark alley or a phone booth or a hidden vault door. You can’t tell me that’s not cool. Very Fitzgerald. You kind of expect Gatsby himself to turn up any moment. Just don’t expect him to order a drink.*

These places just ooze coolness. Dim lighting, black walls, bartenders wearing vests, and cocktails with names like “Legend,” The Hemingway ” and “Gypsy Wedding.” You almost feel like you stepped back in time to the Prohibition.

*Book reference. Read it, and you’ll understand.

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  1. Sheila Kozmin

    Hey, Rebecca, thanks for the heads-up on Gatsby. Robert Redford will be hard to beat for my generation, though. Saw Les Miz twice this past week – loved it. Life of Pi, ditto. Still waiting for Anna Karenina. Reading Brick Lane by Monica Ali, as we speak, and plan to watch the film this week as well. Ain’t love grand for English majors – and English teachers!

  2. I was initially a bit upset that Luhrmann was making Gatsby but it’s actually probably the right director. That being said watching this trailer (I haven’t seen the other) reminded me that the only think I liked about the book was the writing (which I loved) which is not translatable to film, so I’ll have to pass on this one. I hope you enjoy it though!

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