I recently watched What Maisie Knew and The Great Gatsby. What Maisie Knew is a very chilled out, cool-looking film with a heartbreaking story about a little girl who is living a privileged life but torn between her parents’ separation. What I love the most about this film is that every little detail is so well-thought of. Oh, and the great acting of course. I instantly became very much aware of how loaded her rockstar mom is just by looking at the apartment they are living in. It’s probably the coolest apartment I’ve seen on screen so far! Maisie’s wardrobe is as cool as the apartment.
The other characters dress really well too, very appropriate to their personalities. Susanna’s (Julianne Moore) outfits remind me of Alison Mosshart from The Kills.
It’s funny how I disliked Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby for being too vulgar in terms of showing the hedonistic life. Because Maisie has the same privileged lifestyle (but set in the noughties). Yet both films are so different. With Gatsby, I feel like there is no heart in the film itself. It feels so empty. What I like about Gatsby are probably the room-full-of-flowers scene and the costumes. And that’s just for the aesthetic reason.
I think it’s ok to show how the ridiculously rich live on film, but it has to be done justifiably. Like Melancholia for example, I find the film focuses more on the characters. Yes, they live in a huge mansion and yes, they have the best wedding party, but these are all just details to strengthen the story.