I'm Going to Live in Movie Theaters This Winter

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?

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  1. I am seriously excited for the Great Gatsby! I’ve read the book probably 5 times (about 3 of those when I was writing a paper on it in high school English). I actually need to go out and buy a copy of the book for myself. I usually prefer books to the movie version, but I think you are right, in this case, it will make a great movie.

    • ljmlevine says:

      Hi Alyssa, It’s so funny because I got rid of all of my high school and college books except for that one and Catcher in the Rye. I’m with you about books being better than movies, but I have high hopes for this one. Can’t wait!

  2. I cannot agree with you more! I almost don’t want to reread Great Gatsby just because I think the movie will stand out on its own and I don’t want to not enjoy it simply because it is differs from the book.

    • ljmlevine says:

      Hi Laura! That’s a great point. The book and movie will probably be really different so you don’t want to compare. But…the book is just so good I feel like rereading it is necessary. You’ve still got lots of time until the movie comes out, so there’s probably time to do both. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a movie. True English class nerd. It’s fine=)

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