Same goes for music. I love how both can make you feel better or worse, depending on your mood. So knowing that colour clever, musical storyteller extraordinaire Baz Luhrmann has directed the newest film offering of The Great Gatsby, and that we have Leonardo di Caprio in the lead role, fills me with anticipation.
But it's not the only show in town.
Northern Ballet's Creative Director David Nixon has also adapted the story for the stage this year and it's going down a storm. If you're in London you can take it in at Sadler's Wells from 14th - 18th May.
Watch some stunning excerpts here.
Back to Baz though. I loved his cinema debut Strictly Ballroom. See how strong and classic the reds and golds of the lead characters are.
And how that contrasts with the gaudy costume colours (and hair!) of the baddies, or in this case, the establishment.
You can watch the uplifting final dance scene here
I can still see Romeo and Juliet in the scene with the fish tank too. Love how the pale blue water adds to the feeling of innocence and purity of the star crossed lovers, while the colourful fish reflect the fun of teenage life.
So on this basis I just know the colours used in Gatsby will be moody, dramatic and evocative of a time of style and excess. Add to this the fact that the director's wife is award winning costume designer Catherine Martin and that they collaborated with Prada on the clothes and you have one stunning recipe for a film.
Mr Lurhmann also has a wonderful knack of helping to portray the essence of a story using music. Whether it's 'Love is in the air' from Strictly Ballroom, Desiree's haunting 'I'm Kissing You' reflecting Romeo and Juliet's doomed love affair, or the seductively powerful 'Lady Marmalade' anthem from Moulin Rouge, you can be sure there's a hit or three in his movie soundtracks.
How fitting then that Jay Z is The Great Gatsby's musical director. Expect a stunning Beyonce version of Amy Winehouse's achingly dark Back to Black and the equally vocally blessed Florence Welch singing Over the Love. You can watch more about The Great Gatsby and the music in it here. If you're still hungry for more, here is the official trailer.
Do let me know what you think when you see it, I can't get to the cinema fast enough.