There's been a lot of mixed emotions about the upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, mostly because there are so many mixed emotions about the film's director, Baz Lurhmann. His Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge movies are practically required viewing for modern film students, but his flashy, excessive style strikes some as the wrong tone for what might be rightly considered the Great American Novel. Of course, since The Gilded Age was such a famously flashy and excessive decade, Luhrmann's touch might be perfect. It's hard to tell, but his soundtrack—streaming for free over at NPR—does give us a hint as to what we can expect from his film.
And what we can expect is a lot. There are some very good songs here—Jack White's cover of U2's "Love Is Blindness" is marvelous, as is a surprisingly evocative number from Lana Del Ray. Beyonce and Andre 3000's take on Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" is also a stunner. And there are also some very bad songs (the less said about will.i.am and Fergie's contributions, the better.) In other words, based on the soundtrack, this film could still go either way. And if the music isn't your thing, might we suggest the video game ... Discuss