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Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan film "The Great Gatsby" in Australia. The film is being shot in 3-D.
Some movies seem like naturals for 3-D. My daughter loved pretending to pop the bubbles that floated out into the audience at the end of "Happy Feet Two." "Despicable Me" used a very cute gag where one of Mr. Gru's minions tries numerous times to reach and walk out into the audience. I'm not bothered by James Cameron reissuing "Titanic" in the extra dimension, because he did it so well in "Avatar" and well, it's "Titanic." It's not really crushing anyone's literary dreams to see pieces of the iceberg fly at the audience.
But "The Great Gatsby," the favorite book of many an English major? Why 3-D for F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic? I'm imagining that famous, sonorous quote about how "Gatsby believed in the green light" rolling out while the green light jumps, 3-D style, into viewers' laps.
DiCaprio told Access Hollywood that the 3-D isn't being used for jumping objects and scare effects, but instead to make the movie more of a complete experience. He told Access: "Most of the time, you associate 3-D with the spectacle of it, but [director Baz Luhrmann] really wants to use 3-D to create emotional impact with the characters and almost use it like what it would be like to immerse yourself in a theater production.”
DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire as the novel's narrator, Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as the love of Gatsby's life, Daisy Buchanan. In photos taken on the set, DiCaprio and Maguire look right for the parts and the period. But Mulligan's Daisy, like Mia Farrow in the 1974 film, is a blonde. Although there's some argument about how different quotes in the book can be interpreted, Daisy's hair is described as "dark" and "like a dash of blue paint," which would seem to lean towards the brunette side of things.
It might not seem like a big deal, but fans of "The Great Gatsby" don't take kindly to having their source messed with. And if the hair color of a major character is an issue, I can only imagine they won't react well to the 3-D angle.
Should "The Great Gatsby" be in 3-D? And do you think small things, like character hair color, should stick to the novel, or are you comfortable with filmmakers taking liberties with the original story? Tell us in the comments.