Yep, I’m jumping on the Great Gatsby hype like everyone else. I haven’t seen the movie yet (who the hell knows when it will make it out to Cambodia), but considering its the product of Baz Luhrmann’s trademark technicolor surrealism, I have a feeling it will either be brilliant or a catastrophic shit show. This hilarious hypothetical book report by a teenager who only saw the movie may ironically prove to be quite realistic.
“The main thing you need to understand about life in the “roaring 1920s” is that it mainly consisted of a bunch of people standing in a fountain while a drunk guy played the pipe organ and servants dumped garbage all over the place and everyone is just screaming and screaming. The 1920s people loved it.”
On the other hand, I’ve already gotten my hands on the soundtrack, produced by Jay-Z… and frankly, I think its fantastic. He managed to put together an eclectic mix of artists and the full album is simultaneously very contemporary, yet manages to weave in a perfect balace of flapper era big band and jazz in every track. This cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”, by British ingenue Emeli Sande, is a perfect example.