Film fans across the globe are getting set for summer, and with so many blockbusters making their way to our cinemas, there’ll be no end of mega movies to keep us content over the coming months.
By the end of April and May alone we’ll have reacquainted ourselves with Tony Stark, Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, and come June the Man of Steel will be hoping to claim a place in our hearts.
However, there is one lesser spotted icon making his way back to the big screen, and it seems only fitting that he should do so on the French Riviera at Cannes. Gatsby? What Gatsby? Well, there’s only one. Here are five reasons why I can’t wait to see his story re-told on the silver screen:
5. The Setting
F Scott Fitzgerald’s tale is set in the Roaring Twenties, an era when, as the Broadway musical says, anything goes. Yes, I know that particular tale is set in the 1930s, but that’s not the point. There are flappers, follies, fantastic parties and enviable fashions in Gatsby’s era, which I have to say sounds quite frankly fabulous.
4. The Story
If there’s one thing Gatsby’s good for it’s drama. You’ve got all the intrigue and anguish of a modern day soap opera, minus the trashy hair extension wearing fishwives in thigh high leather boots. Well, there is one lady who isn’t quite past doing what it takes to keep her fella, but we’re not going to go and spoil things for those who haven’t read the book…
3. The Soundtrack
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you’ll know that Baz Luhrmann’s pulled together a whole host of stars to lay down some sounds for his latest movie. Between Beyonce, Jay-Z and The xx, Lana Del Ray, Florence and The Machine and Bryan Ferry, I’m sure this score will be on many an iPod come May 7th. Except Mitch Winehouse’s maybe: He ain’t too impressed with Beyonce’s take on Amy’s Back to Black.
2. The Leading Lads
Growing up in the 1990s and 2000s, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Seeing them both on the big screen together will be an absolute pleasure, and I think they’re perfectly cast to play Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby. Tobey’s got that wide eyed boy thing down to a tee, while Leo oozes charm and charisma.
1. Baz Luhrmann is behind the camera
If there’s one name in cinema that I’ve grown to love since a rather early age, it’s Baz Luhrmann. Two of my favourite films of all time come from this Aussie’s Red Curtain Trilogy (Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom to be precise), and I quite simply cannot wait to see what he and Red Curtain writing partner Craig Pearce do with this tale. Plus, last time he directed Leo it didn’t go too badly…