Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gatsby

I usually stay far, far away from musicals of any type (I didn't see the Sound of Music until a couple of years ago).  I don't watch Glee, don't watch Smash and I still have absolutely zero desire to see Les Miserables.  I positively hated Moulin Rouge and I've also never seen that Abba-inspired movie with Meryl Streep.  The exceptions, of course, are seeing a show on Broadway, Grease and Hairspray (both starring John Travolta) and I recently watched Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise not knowing it was a musical.  I thought the 80's music was the soundtrack to the movie. 


Having said all that, I really, really want to see The Great Gatsby when it comes out.  Maybe I'll take the girls if Champ is out of town.  Leo is like a fine wine and has definitely gotten better with age.  He's grown into his face and I love the little crinkly wrinkles around his eyes.  He's going to look distinguished with gray hair, too. 


Of course, for many people, Jay Gatsby will always be the one and only Robert Redford.  Redford starred in the 1974 adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 book of the same name.  The 1974 screenplay was started by Truman Capote but he was fired from the project.  Francis Ford Coppola picked up the pieces and the movie opened to mixed reviews. 


Old School Gatsby (1974)  vs. New School Gatsby (2013)

2 comments:

Cindy C said...

I actually just watched the "Old School Gatsby" on Netflix the other night. Robert Redford is extremely handsome. I expect the new movie, or at least I'm hoping, that it will move some what faster than the original. It was so slow and the narration made me sleepy. I love Leonardo DiCaprio too. I think he's perfect for the role.

Rachel @ Grasping for Objectivity said...

How is Leonardo old enough for gray hair?? I think of him as my age.

Wait a minute...I gotta go pull these gray hairs out of my bangs.



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