Cannes Day 3: The Great Gatsby

Nice and dry in here for a brief moment.

Nice and dry in here for a brief moment.

 

No, I wasn’t able to meet Leo.  Sorry Kelly.  Tonight was absolutely crazy.  The lines for the screening began at 4:30pm, and the two showtimes were 8pm and 11:30.  The 8pm one was the same one that Leonardo DiCaprio, Spielberg, and all those guys were at.  That was sold out before tickets even became available to the public.  BUT, I was able to get a ticket into the 11:30 screening, which meant we were walking in as they were walking out.  Just as cool–same premiere status, same red carpet with pictures and all that.

The line for Gatsby began so insanely early.

The line for Gatsby began so insanely early. Little did they know of the impending doom…aka the perfect storm.

We knew it was going to rain.  I was prepared–just like any Eagle Scout should.  The only problem was that none of us anticipated being held out in the pouring rain for 2 hours.  There was some sort of massive delay in getting the second screening ready–everyone was dressed out in absolute top formal attire, but the festival staff held us outside to wait.  Umbrellas did nothing.  There was no point.  We were wet.  So we gave up trying to spot the stars walking the carpet before the 8pm screening and just decided to stay dry as long as possible.  It didn’t last long.

I think this just speaks for itself.  The guy holding my phone for the picture was literally inches away from me.  We were all so crammed tight, trying to form a wall with out umbrellas.  The only problem with that was it was raining sideways, and the drip off the collective edges of just about everything caused us all to be completely drenched.

I think this just speaks for itself. The guy holding my phone for the picture was literally inches away from me. We were all so crammed tight, trying to form a wall with out umbrellas. The only problem with that was it was raining sideways, and the drip off the collective edges of just about everything caused us all to be completely drenched.

We tried for a nice group picture...but at this point...none of us wanted to be outside any longer, and neither did the security guards, so they hurried us along and the picture suffered as a result.  Good thing there will be more.

We tried for a nice group picture…but at this point…none of us wanted to be outside any longer, and neither did the security guards, so they hurried us along and the picture suffered as a result. Good thing there will be more.

You can see how soaked my tux got...

You can see how soaked my tux got…

Once we got passed all that craziness…I finally got to seeing the film.  I went into it with an open mind, but I already heard a good deal of critique on it.  Luhrmann definitely has a unique style, and I would compare the film a good deal to Mulan Rouge.  The visual spectacle was a huge part of the film, and it was almost as if they tried to use sensory overload to distract from the rather dry story.  The soundtrack was a unique mix of modern hip hop and 1920’s ragtime.  I enjoyed it mostly, and Jay Z did a great job, just a bit much at times created a rather jarring experience in the first act.

The massive theater for the premiere screenings.  We're in the balcony above the massive orchestra.

The massive theater for the premiere screenings. We’re in the balcony above the massive orchestra.

Thanks to Richard at The Clothing Center on Rt 18 for helping me get ready for my trip and providing these retro onyx cufflinks!

Thanks to Richard at The Clothing Center on Rt 18 for helping me get ready for my trip and providing these retro onyx cufflinks!

The Cannes Crew

The Cannes Crew

After the crazy/miserable night that was the Gatsby premiere, we needed some relief.  This tequila lime martini really helped.  Shaken, not stirred.

After the crazy/miserable night that was the Gatsby premiere, we needed some relief. This tequila lime martini really helped. Shaken, not stirred.

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