The Great Gatsby and Wes Anderson
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.
Jay Gatsby’s Long Island Mansion
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.
New 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.