F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is by far my favorite novel. I make a bit of a ritual out of reading it once a year, and I've read it more than 50 times.
So the announcement that Baz Luhrmann was doing a film version left me with mixed emotions. Luhrmann does good work and his version of "Romeo and Juliet" had some really cool elements.
But there's never been a really great movie version of "Gatsby," which is kind of odd because the book is intensely visual. And Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby? I don't think so. But he's sometimes quite good, so maybe he'll surprise me.
The track list for the soundtrack CD was released today. It makes me nervous. It's got some of my favorite people on it (Jack White, The xx, Andre 3000) but also has people like Fergie. But I can't see how any of this, even the stuff I like, is going to make for a comfortable "Gatsby" experience. Either the music is going to anachronistic or Luhrmann's moving the story out of the Jazz Age, which doesn't seem to make sense.
The film, by the way, opens May 10. Here are the songs on the soundtrack album, which will be released three days earlier:
1. 100$ Bill - Jay Z
2. Back To Black - Beyoncé x André 3000
3. Bang Bang - will.i.am
4. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) - Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock
5. Young And Beautiful - Lana Del Rey
6. Love Is The Drug - Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
7. Over The Love - Florence + The Machine
8. Where The Wind Blows - Coco O. of Quadron
9. Crazy in Love - Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
10. Together – The xx
11. Hearts A Mess - Gotye
12. Love Is Blindness – Jack White
13. Into the Past - Nero
14. Kill and Run - Sia