Saturday, May 18, 2013

Movie Review: The Great Gatsby

It isn't very often that I fall deeply and desperately in love with a movie, but that is exactly what has happened with "The Great Gatbsy". In fact, I'd go so far as to give it 5 out 5 stars.

My love for "The Great Gatsby" began in my junior year of high school when Miss Cindy, my teacher in American Literature, assigned us to read it. There were only two of us who actually read the whole thing. I read it twice. #nerdalert

When we watched the movies in class (1974 and 2000 versions), though - the latter starring one of my favorite actors, Paul Rudd, no less - a lot was left to be desired. So, when I heard that Baz Luhrmann was taking it on as a movie... with Leonardo DiCaprio at the helm yet again (first time was in Romeo + Juliet)... I couldn't wait. And I am proud to say the wait was well worth it.

via Hit Fix

"The Great Gatbsy" is everything any Baz Luhrmann fan could have ever hoped for. In true Baz Luhrmann fashion, the direction goes exactly the way you would expect it. He also flawlessly combines the old with the new and uses unexpected yet brilliant songs all through out. I was a bit iffy about some of the song choices, but I cannot wait to watch this movie over and over and over again when it comes out on DVD.

"The Great Gatsby" consisted of a beautiful cast. Words cannot describe how perfect Carey Mulligan was for Daisy Buchanan. Although a lot of different actresses were considered for the role, I cannot imagine anyone more perfect than her. I'm still a bit sad that Ben Affleck had to drop out of the role of Tom Buchanan, but even Joel Edgerton fit his role to a tee. Also, even though I hate am not a fan of Tobey Maguire, even he couldn't bring me down.

Of course, the real star lies in Leonardo DiCaprio, who (you have to admit) is brilliant in every role he takes on - Gatsby included. The angry scene? My God. If I wasn't so stunnedly in awe, I would have applauded in the movie theater.

Looking back, I remember the papers that I had to write and the tests that I had to take for every few chapters of the book. How I wish I could go back and elaborate more on that green light and the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg now that I understand life a little better.

What I love the most about "The Great Gatsby", though, is how much I could relate to it when I was dealing with petty high school drama back when I first read it and how, now, a decade later, I can still relate to it on every level.

The world is still full of assholes. Most people still only care about themselves. You only really have a few real friends out there. The world is unjust. Love can be so, so blind. People should never be judged by what other people say or claim to know. And: you need to be careful when choosing who to give your heart to.

Watch the movie. Just watch it.


  1. So nice to hear that people Do remember some things from high school classes! I second everything you've said about the movie. I always p[referred the 2000 version and was hesitant to see DiCaprio in the role as I thought he would play it much like Redford (whom I had not liked in the part). But DiCaprio was BRILLIANT in the role. I too will be waiting for the DVD to come out.

  2. hahaha! Watch Carrey Mulligan in An Education.. Maybe you can also relate to her character there during your high school years... Such a good movie too! For now. Im excited to seee Great Gatsby