Even though I live in a place that gets nearly as much snow as Alaska (like, that’s not actually a joke) I know this winter is going to be awesome. Know how I know this? Because both The Great Gatsby and Les Miserables are coming to theaters this December. I won’t lie to you, I’ve been writing for three hours, so I originally wrote “theatre” instead of “theater.” I think my subconscious mind is British or something. Anyway, yeah. These two movies that look insanely amazing will be here in December and I can’t wait. Have you seen the trailers? Here’s the trailer for The Great Gatsby and here’s the trailer for Les Mis.
Let me make something clear, I normally always favor a book (or play) over a movie. But in this case, I think these two movies are going to hold their own against the book and play version I love so dearly. I haven’t read the book version of Les Mis, but I’m going to go ahead and assume that’s amazing too. Six hundred pages of amazingness.
The Great Gatsby trailer has the coolest soundtrack ever. I discovered two great songs thanks to this trailer. The first one is “No Church in the Wild” by Jay Z and Kanye. Then you’ve got Jack White covering U2’s “Love is Blindness”. Both equally ear-pleasing and mind-blowing. Unfortunately, the Jack White song is an album-only version so I can’t download it. And don’t tell me to download it off of FrostWire or some nonsense because I buy all my music because I love the music industry and am scared of going to jail and computer viruses.
Then we have the amazingly beautiful and elaborate costumes and sets in this movie. Love. They’re on Mad Men level of clothes porn. Carey Mulligan (married to my former future husband Marcus Mumford) looks perfect in the role as Daisy Buchanan. She even nails the Daisy voice perfectly. These things matter. Leo DiCaprio as Gatsby? Yes. All of it, yes. I am so so so excited. I won’t lie, when this trailer came out I was so hyper about it that I went on SparkNotes and read over the symbolism and motifs throughout the book. I’m going to start to reread the actual book this weekend, but I couldn’t wait that long. I needed my Gatsby fix. True English nerd, I know.
As for Les Mis, oh boy. This is literally my favorite show of all time. I was in it in high school and know literally all the words. I’ve seen it three or four times. I’m a Les Mis freak, so you can imagine that this beautiful trailer brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my arms. Not quite sure about the casting choices yet, but the trailer was promising so I shall remain optimistic. And Anne Hathaway nailed ” I Dreamed a Dream” so there’s that.
Are you excited for these movies? In a battle of movie vs. book, who wins?