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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tom Hooper's 'Les Misérables' looks absolutely, ridiculously AMAZING! Stupendous times ten! Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway & Amanda Seyfried musical opens at Christmas, and seems to be a veritable license to print money; Baz Luhrmannn's 'The Great Gatsby' opening is pushed back to May 2013; @LesMiserables

OfficialRegalMovies video: Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, and is directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (The King's Speech). Opens at Christmas. Uploaded September 20, 2012. http://youtu.be/wwgQjfg0hZw
Stupendous times ten! Tom Hooper's 'Les Misérables' looks absolutely, ridiculously AMAZING! Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway & Amanda Seyfried musical opens at Christmas, and seems to be a veritable license to print money; Baz Luhrmannn's 'The Great Gatsby' opening is pushed back to May 2013; @LesMiserables

LesMiserablesFilm video: Les Misérables (teaser) Uploaded May 31, 2012.

Frankly, after looking at how rapturous Les Misérables looks, as much as I love Baz Luhrmannn's genius and inventiveness and was looking forward to seeing his production of The Great Gatsby at Christmas, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and the always-amazing Carey Mulligan, now that word has come this morning -below- that the film has been moved to May 10th, I can't help but wonder what Loopper would've done with Fitzgerald's Gatsby.

I say this after having seen the Gatsby teasers online and then the most recent trailer for it a few weeks back, something I meant to mention here in this space.
Seriously, when I actually heard the rap music at the beginning of a film about Long Island in the 1920's, I positively cringed. 

Can there be no end in sight to this trend of forcing inappropriate popular music on a subject just because you can get permission to use a song or the singer is a friend?


Unfortunately, by the fifth time I watched it, I got the very strong sense that characterization and plot development would take a back-seat to over-the-top scenes of opulence, which almost every good director can do with a large enough budget.
By the time I saw the trailer for the sixth time, a week after seeing it for the first time, I felt like I not only didn't want to see the film, I didn't want to even see another film at a multiplex that was right next to it.

Being creative and magical with characters, giving movie-goers insight into their inner struggles or personality development, that's the thing I look for.
It's what Luhrmann did so well with the ridiculously-talented Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge, in that despite all the visual and musical flourishes, her character just jumps out at you and makes you want to care about her.

No matter what else you want to convey to an audience, that's especially got to be the case in a film based on a book I've read dozens of times.
Not just the most-American novel of the past 100 years, the best one.

It seems that tens of thousands of other film fans around the world who have seen the Gatsby
trailer have come to the same conclusion regarding the rap music, since it's typically the first thing that comes up in a conversation or email: How could they?
As presently constructed, based on the outlines we've seen thru teasers and trailers, I have serious doubts about the film's ability to draw-in movie-goers over age 35.

'The Great Gatsby' Release Date Moved to May 2013
By Tim Kenneally & Brent Lang
Published: September 20, 2012 @ 9:59 am
"The Great Gatsby" will kick off the summer season for Warner Bros. on May 10, 2013, the studio said Friday.
The Baz Luhrmann-directed film will be released internationally the following week.

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