I might be a few weeks late but better late than never. Last night we went out to see Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. I’ve been waiting to see this film since I first heard it went into production, especially because Leo DiCaprio was playing the role of Gatsby. There really isn’t anyone else in the world that could have played the role of Gatsby better than Leo.
The film that was shot mostly in Australia, had the most beautiful locations and landscape shots. I was mesmerized by the dazzling costumes, the rich colours, and wickedly contemporary soundtrack. Okay so the acting wasn’t incredible, it wasn’t bad, I just don’t think Leo will get his long awaited Oscar for this role.
Tobey McGuire impressed me the most, playing the ‘outsider’ as Nick Carraway. The story is told from Nick’s perspective as he spends months with Gatsby and Daisy. I think he played the outsider really well, he always looked like he wanted to leave but was too awkward to do so. He convinces audiences that he is the outsider, and he’s absolutely turned off by what he sees during his time in Long Island.
I’m not a huge fan of Carry Mulligan. She has a very plane-jane look to her, one that reflects the character of someone who doesn’t give a s***…and that’s exactly who Daisy is…so right on.
Tom Buchanan played by Joel Edgerton is exactly what I imagined Tom to look like. The epitome of an Ivy league douche bag…Edgerton played his character brilliantly…so much so that sometimes you felt bad for him for having a wife that was in love with someone else.
The soundtrack is one of my favourite elements of the film. It’s true Baz Luhrman does incorporate contemporary music in his films that take place in a specific era, for example Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. Both films boast an impressive soundtrack…and The Great Gatsby is no different. There are songs in the film from Lana Del Ray, Jay-Z, , Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Sia, The xx and even Florence and the Machine who makes an appearance at one of Gatsby’s parties…playing ‘Over the Love’ on the piano.
What truly impressed me was how true Luhrman stayed to the novel. There were so many moments from the film that were copied exactly from the novel, quotes and images were portrayed precisely…he just did such an amazing job. Everyone keeps complaining at how long the film is, I didn’t even realize the time, I didn’t even notice the movie was about to end. It flows from the beginning to end like every film should, and to do this with a film based on a novel is tremendously challenging.
Loved it. Go see it.
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