This'll be the most I'll ever see of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, because Baz Luhrmann, but it's pretty remarkable—I feel like all movies should have to do this, just to remind people how much CG they're actually seeing, like, all the time. Even morons can figure out they're watching visual effects in big action sequences or when Bilbo's riddling a Gollum or whatever, but now we're at a point when productions could build old-timey things like "sets" but they're choosing not to, and most people never even know it. (Ironically, this isn't working out too well for Hollywood's non-unionized VFX artists.) If I was feeling up for it I could also make a thing here about how the dispiriting hollowness of this pre-VFX Gatsby footage mirrors the horrifying, gaping void that Baz Luhrmann has instead of a soul, but I'll just put that part in later.
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