The Great Gatsby and Wes Anderson

by ladanassayesh

Similar to Baz Luhrmann’s previous cinematic spectacles (Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet), The Great Gatsby delivers an enchanting menagerie of fashion, music, choreography, and set design.  Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby is a visual and aural feast.  Most everyone is familiar with the story behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece, but  it is no easy feat to elicit the same emotional response from the audience watching the film that they first felt while reading the novel.  Furthermore, there is no escaping the fact that you already know what happens.  Therefore, I personally did not go to the theater to see if Baz Luhrmann could capture the greatness that is The Great Gatsby.  Rather, I went to the theater to see Leonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tiffany & Co. jewels,  Miuccia Prada designed costumes, and Jay-Z curated soundtrack.  And in this regard, The Great Gatsby did not disappoint.

 Daisy Buchanan

The Great GatsbyCarey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in Prada and Tiffany & Co.

Jordan BakerElizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker in Prada and Tiffany & Co.

The Great GatsbyLeonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby in Brook Brothers

The Great GatsbyA Gatsby Party

Gatsby's MansionJay Gatsby’s Long Island Mansion

Buchanan MansionThe Buchanan’s Red Brick Manor

This made me think back to films I have seen in the past that have had a similar captivating effect  through the sheer beauty of the film.  Another director, similar to Luhrmann, who is able to create an enchanting world in his films, through perfectly curated music, striking costumes, and beautiful backdrops, is Wes Anderson.  In his films Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited, and The Royal Tenenbaums, Anderson creates a world for the audience to escape into, even if it is just for a few hours.

Moonrise Kingdom

Suzy Bishop in Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom Coastal New England, Francois Hardy, knee-high socks, Boy Scout uniforms, and Davy Crockett hats all add to the magic of Suzy Bishop and Sam Shakusky’s young love in Moonrise Kingdom.

The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling LimitedIndia, train cars, monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage, and sitar music act as a beautiful background to three brothers’ journey in The Darjeeling Limited.

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal TenenbaumsNew York City, Lacoste polos, fur coats, red track suits, and an eclectic soundtrack featuring everyone from Paul Simon to The Ramones add to the eccentricity of the cinematic family in The Royal Tenenbaums.