Not that he needs to defend himself — he’s the director and he’s at liberty to interpret and present the story as he sees fit. Many of the people criticizing the movie either haven’t seen any of his other work (do yourself a favor: watch Romeo + Juliet now), or they’re judging this one before having seen it.
I understand some of the criticisms about the music, yet I loved it. I’m a Jay-Z fan, but I could’ve done without so much of his music (there are 2 songs of his on the soundtrack and a couple of others briefly sprinkled into the movie, not to mention a Beyoncé cover AND her covering Amy Winehouse. Like, we get it). Everything else, though? Lana, Florence, the xx, Gotye… Ah-maze. I don’t know that we needed to hear every song in the movie, but it was an interesting juxtaposition. The words of the original story are timeless, yes, but this version presented the story in a different light. Why would you want to see the same interpretation over and over?
It’s a beautiful movie and Leo kills it, as per usual (even GQ agrees). Breathtaking. Lots of style and glitz and glam — it’s over the top, in the best way possible, and still has the same heart and inevitable tragedy as the book I fell in love with, too. It’s a unique take on a story that’s been “reimagined” many times. Flawless? No. But entertaining nonetheless. Give it a shot.
James Franco on the cover of June’s GQ — the Comedy Issue!
Say what you will about the music: hands-down my favorite track on the epic soundtrack for ‘The Great Gatsby.’
I miss these two.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
(BTW — Leo KILLS as Gatsby.)
“But I think people still think that I’m like my character, or that because I like girly things and I have a lilt in my voice that I’m dumb. But I don’t think you can be dumb and write a big chunk of a TV show. I think of myself as a smart and funny person, but I am very girly, and in the past I’ve been hurt by people who criticise me for liking things they think are beneath me, like shopping or whatever, and the people who give me the hardest time about it are women. I think it may be because there are so few women in comedy and so there’s a feeling that we shouldn’t sell women out, but I don’t see talking about fashion as selling women out.”
- Mindy Kaling on reclaiming girliness, via The Guardian
Kate Upton for Vogue. Love this bathing suit!
Selena Gomez - ‘Come & Get It’
Pretty sure I’m out of her target demo, but I’m not at all ashamed at how much I love this song.
And how gorgeous does she look? Makeup envy.