In one of my latest posts, I raved about the gorgeous publicity posters for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Now I’m excited to blog about the equally beautiful Great Gatsby posters!
I’m so glad that movie studios are putting this effort into publicity posters. They’re a great way of getting people hyped up about the upcoming movie and it’s just another piece of beautiful work out there in the world, really, even if they’re just movie posters. It’s better than some of the uninspiring movie posters out there – especially the blockbuster ones featuring a star-studded crew where they’ve basically Photoshopped/crammed all the stars into one poster. Lord of the Rings and Star Wars are three such examples of movies where they could have gotten really creative and designed some amazing posters but instead seem to have chosen to go the boring “let’s see how many members of the cast we can squeeze into one poster” template.
Not so The Great Gatsby, though. Check out these beautiful 1920s-style posters below:
Joel Edgerton’s poster as Tom is probably the least attractive of the Gatsby character posters, but it really feels in keeping with Tom’s brash character. Carey Mulligan looks really fresh and delicate as Daisy and I’m loving Isla Fisher’s poster as Myrtle – I really enjoyed Isla in Wedding Crashers and Confessions of a Shopaholic so I can’t wait to see what she brings to her role as Myrtle in The Great Gatsby! Myrtle is probably one of the least-liked characters in The Great Gatsby so I’m hoping to see Isla play her in a way in which we can empathise more with Myrtle.
I’m also liking the way they styled Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker – she’s definitely not how I pictured Jordan to be but I’m not complaining because I think the movie version is better! She looks much more alive than the sense of her I got from the book. To be honest, Jordan was a character I found really hard to like in the book, in fact I think that’s one of the main things about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – none of the characters in his book were really likable. I think this is one of the reasons why I never enjoyed the book when I was younger – right now, I’m re-reading the book to see if I’ve changed my mind about it and also hope that the movie will add a little depth for me. I imagine it to be kind of like a play – when you read it, it’s still quite one-dimensional but when you finally see it acted out on stage, it all just comes together..
And to finish it all off, I leave you with the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. How great is it that it’s Baz Luhrmann directing the movie? I have high hopes for the finished product, remembering how visually fantastic and creatively outrageous his other movies like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge were. And I can’t wait to see Catherine Martin’s costumes too!
Are you looking forward to watching The Great Gatsby? Did you read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book and did you enjoy it? And which, in your opinion, are the best and worst movie posters of all time?