Highly anticipated but disappointedly given a 2 star rating by Empire critic Ian Nathan, I don’t know what to make of the recent film that has hit the UK cinemas this week; The Great Gatsby.
Watching the trailer, I myself feel compelled to part with my pennies just so I can sit and listen to DiCaprio’s (Jay Gatsby) smooth, seductive voice. I am also a sucker for any movie or television drama that depicts a time way before my era. I think this is because I often secretly long for an escape from the 21st century buzz that comprises of computers, mobile phones and social networking. Wasn’t life a lot simpler without it?
The decadent 1920s, all jazz, pearls and falling in love, is the era to which the movie is set. It feels as though I have been engulfed by this era, as only last month was I part of a dance show that exhibited a 1920s theme. Although I was only featured in a short hip hop routine, having never trained in hip hop or any form of dance, I was proud to be a part of something that was important to my flatmate, Lauren.
Lauren worked very hard to make the show a success and luckily it all paid off. After I performed I got to watch the rest of the UWE dance society’s performances. I seriously think they should audition on Britain Got Talent or something. They all dressed in tassel and sequin dresses, wore pearl necklaces and added feathers to their hair. And yes the song ‘All That Jazz’ was performed by the dancers.
The Great Gatsby film itself also made sure they got the look right. With a budget of $100 million dollars, to which it is said to have been largely spent on recreating the lavish parties detailed in the book, it makes me question how so much money can produce something the critics are calling ‘lit-crashing’.
Director, Baz Luhrmann had Miuccia Prada collaborate on a number of 1920s costumes obtained from the Prada and Miu Miu archives. Tiffany & Co worked with costume designer Catherine Martine to create some essential diamond and pearl jewellery pieces to feature in the film. 500 suits and 1700 accessories, all handmade by Brookes Brothers, along with MAC makeup, Fogal Stockings and vintage automobiles were all considered important pieces to fork out for.
Even if the film doesn’t live up to the book, which many films don’t, surely it is worth watching just for the fashion and beauty aspect. The costumes featured in the trailer did dazzle me and I can’t wait to be transported into Luhtmann’s take on a 1920s world.
I imagine the 1920s ‘look’ will transpire before our very eyes as we trawl the shops looking for our summer ball dresses. Here are some pieces I found online: