At least one person thinks it's a splendid idea to dress up a description-heavy literary classic for 3D blockbuster treatment. That would be Baz Luhrmann--director of Moulin Rouge and Australia--musing
to the Hollywood Reporter about whether he will shoot his upcoming
adaptation of The Great Gatsby using 3D technology. Even though it's
been a mere hours since Luhrmann's speculation, moviegoers, Fitzgerald
fans and culture writers appeared to initially be gripped with fear at this possibility (In the directors defense, a few writers seem to be slowly warming to the idea):
- The Washington Post - "This is like making Waiting for Godot in 3D so you can actually feel Godot's absence."
- New York - "On one hand, nothing seems less indicative of twenties, old-world glamour than a 3-D movie. On the other, uh, Fitzgerald liked opulence, and it might look cool?"
- The Atlantic - "Every poem shouldn't be made a painting. Art is not necessarily made better by literalization."
- Village Voice - "Forgo the funny glasses and just read it again."
- New York Observer - "The subtle analysis of class warfare, sexuality, and post-war mores that enhance F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterwork will probably be excised, but who cares!"
- Time - "Not even Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan...would be able to hold our attention amid the likely distraction of three dimensional jewels and mint juleps."
- The Guardian, quoting Dave Calhoun - "It's comparable to being forced to cast Lindsay Lohan rather than, say, Rebecca Hall in a film because the first might sell more tickets. You might do your best with Lohan, but it would probably be better if she wasn't in your film at all."
- Forbes - "Luhrmann says he's not surprised to see some skepticism about widespread adoption of 3D."