Beyonce & Andre 3000. – Back To Black (1,080 plays)
Confession: I really like this cover. André 3000 sinks his teeth into the material and the mood, and Beyoncé… Well, she shows up and sings a verse while being Beyoncé, <…>
But how anyone can listen to this and not think “wow, Moulin Rouge guy’s Gatsby movie is going to be terrible” is beyond me. Overproduced period pieces with anachronistic soundtracks! Gosh! Somebody had a new idea in the past fifteen years, and it was doing that thing again but with different source material.
Ain’t no party like a Gatsby party because we’re gonna get disillusioned with the moody minimalist hip hop age as a whole, I guess.
I’ve been looking at people’s anticipations of disappointment at this for the last week, and thinking they’re missing the point. Oh noes, it was shot in 3D! Well YES it was shot in 3D, have you ever even seen a Luhrman film before? Every scene is dripping with excess. That’s half the point, his creative indulgence. That’s like saying you don’t want to see a Wes Anderson film because the sets are too precious.
Luhrman is not trying to impress us with his cred. His vision revolves around the sublimation of art and meaning in pop culture. He takes what’s popular and amplifies it beyond comfort, tracing its journey from sincerity to glamour to rot. His colors are saturated, his moves of sweeping, and his favorite color is candy. And your reaction should be to ask: is this meaningful? If not, why does it resonate?
Besides, you know, there’s nothing wrong with the hip-hop/jazz parallel. Our segregation is a little more subtle, our prohibition more pharmaceutical. An authentic art form from a vibrant subculture has been appropriated by the commercial pop industry, and can be said to be in decline. It’s hardly a perfect mapping, but I hardly think he should be criticized for making the connection and hinting at some modern relevance within his “overproduced period piece.”