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The unforgettable mr. Gatsby. Impressive movie.
F. Scott Fitzgerald did not fuel junior year of English classes for Baz Luhrmann to make a glittery movie featuring Leo DiCaprio being borderline obsessed about a C-List woman and Tobey Maguire denying homosexual tendencies. He haunts this review and everyone featured in this film.
Baz Luhrman has the artful eye of Gianni Versace, and the Director's ability of a hermit crab. Total insult to the novel.
the best movie ever. gatsby is the best.
This film will be a classic in time, with its scenes, dialogues, soundtracks.
It's a heart breaking story of AMERICAN DREAM FOR LOVE and LOVE IS BLIND.
It is based on Francis Scott Fitzgerald's novel of the same name. I did not read the novel.
Gatsby was born to a poor rural family in North Dakota.
From childhood he dreams that he is destined to be a great man.
He is very optimistic, and believes if one wants too much of a thing, he should be able to get it.
And means of reaching those goals seem to be not a matter of concern for him.
It looks like Gatsby's frustration with being poor, being in lower end of the society starts with childhood.
Just before attending WW I he fells in love with Daisy in a party.
While Gatsby is poor and uneducated, Daisy belongs to high end society.
Nevertheless they promise to each other to marry when the War ends. On his return, he finds out that she is married with another rich man, Tom.
Tom studied at Yale, is a polo sport star, and heir to very rich family. He enjoys being member of white high class society.
He believes that there are differences between classes, and races. He is a racist.
He is also cheating on Daisy with Myrtle, wife of poor garage owner George.
Daisy seems to be not in great with love with Tom, neither she minds Tom's cheating on her.
She got stuck in this life. But she does not mind as long as she is rich and surrounded by the people of that world.
They are living in a fancy mansion in Long Island next to bay.
Gatsby is obsessed with her love, and he thinks he can get her back, if he is also rich. His childhood obsession of WILL starts moving.
Well somehow, (somehow is illegal ways), he becomes filthy rich.
He buys a château on the other side of the bay across the Daisy's house.
Though he is uncomfortable with his lack of education and high class culture, he tries to cover that up with huge open public parties at his château.
Among the guests are senator, famous actress. He expects one day Daisy will also attend.
Party scenes at château are display of American capitalism's might. I am not sure if there is any other film that displays joyful, optimistic, extravagant sphere of 1920s economic boomdays.
Gatsby lives in two worlds. One is stressful illegal world, running and keeping up the business, dealing with criminals.
Other one is the one who child like a optimistic, having pure love for Daisy.
Gatsby meets with Daisy with at Nick's small house which is next to his château.
Then their affair starts.
Nick is a distant cousin of Daisy, and friend of Tom from Yale.
He studied literature at Yale, but eventually ended up working in the fancy financial world of New York.
How Nick ended up living in a house next to Gatsby's château is unclear.
And this proximity introduces Gatsby to Nick and he asks this Tea Party arrangement with Daisy.
Nick is almost in all the scenes.
He presents this natural objective observer type of fellow having equal distance to everyone, having trust of everyone.
Tom, Daisy, Gatsby likes him a lot. He is part of all social occasions.
I think viewer has the same feeling for Nick. Most loved man of the movie.
Tobey Maguire's uninterrupted attraction took the viewer into the movie.
Eventually Gatsby asks Daisy to tell Tom to leave him. Gatsby is confident Daisy loves him and does not love Tom.
But here he is blinded by love. Daisy sees the class difference between Tom and Gatsby.
Gatsby optimism, naivety misses this.
While Gatsby is waiting for a phone call from Daisy to return to him, he gets shot and killed by George, the poor garage owner.
George killed Gatsby thinking that his wife is killed in traffic accident by a reckless driver.
George thinks driver was Gatsby. He also thinks Gatsby had affair with his wife.
But truth is his wife is killed by Daisy driving Gatsby huge shiny yellow car, Gatsyb was sitting next to her. They ran away after the accident.
While Gatsby is hiding this fact, and ready to be accused of accident, Daisy on the eve of the accident, told Tom she was driving the car and killed Myrtle.
Tom and Daisy already made plan to leave New York.
One feels heart broken, and sympathy for Gatsby's naivety belief being rich will be enough to get her back.
At the funeral of Gatsby, no one, including Daisy, shows up, but only Nick.
Because he is portrayed as a murderer and having affair with a married woman.
This is the scene one feels, questions love is also sickness, or a drug.
Nick leaves New York getting sick and tired of all the fake lifes, deception he sees there.
Movie starts with he is narrating from a sanatorium where he gets psychological treatment.
His doctor advises him to write the entire story that brought him to sanatorium.
And he does that, and he names his memorise The Great Gatsby.
Nick sees Gatsby as the only real one in the ocean of fakeness and deception.
Movie makes the viewer feel like capitalist completion affairs make a normal and a lovely person like Nick, depressed , and sick.
I watched movie twice, and noticed the how lovely the soundtracks only then.
One can keep on listening "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey, and "Back to Black" by Beyoncé sitting in the couch for hours.
I think tune of these two songs is the story of this film.
The movie was aesthetically pleasing, but that was all there is to it. Overall the movie was vague and confusing, but probably because it was following the novel that it was based on, but if this is Fitzgerald best literature work, then it is highly overrated both movie and book....
Gatsby: Seeing the movie, not the book
Your probably in high school, and your English teacher assigned you to read "The Great Gatsby". A great piece of work that was ahead of its own time. Two weeks have passed, and theirs is a quiz the next day on this book. You do not have time to finish the book. What do you do? You find out there is a movie of "The Great Gatsby", so you watch it. The problem is. Was the movie well portrayed by the book? As the saying goes "The book is better than the movie", but is that stereotype true?
Firstly, the choice of music was remarkably interesting. Now a book does not come with music, but that is just the upper hand the movie has to the book. The songs were from Jay Z. Which seems random at first till you realize the date taken place in the 1920s. Where the stock market skyrocketed, the price increase in alcohol, and new money was starting to become common. Jay Z songs are connected as they he raps about being rich and partying. Another little similarity is Jay Z is new money as well. To Jay Z fans they probably enjoyed hearing this. The meaning and themes in both the music and movie really go together.
Secondly, the characters. I would say the characters are portrayed to the finest details. I must start off with Tom. Tom is a cheating, rude, jealous, I can go on with him. All his features were in the movie. A small detail I like is when Tom talks about "The Rise of the Colored Empire". He talks about it in the book to represent himself. As a superior due to his race, and to look down and "help" those people who are colored. Tom also has an affair with his wife Daisey with a women name Myrtle, and it is not left out in the movie. Another character we must talk about is of course Gatsby. A man of new money. He is a mysterious man in the book; having different rumors spread about him. From killing a man to being a German spy. Gatsby does not make it easy either. As everything he says sounds like a lie. He shows weaknesses and though what everyone may think. He is not perfect. Quite frankly he has many flaws. Another subject we must step foot in is he is mansion. The book explains how rich he is. From having random people come over to party, having real books in his library, and having a garden of fire roses. The movie portrays those details well. Our last character well talk about is Nick, the main character. Ironic as the book is named after Gatsby. Nick is shown to be very curious, shy, and nervous with some interactions he has with the other characters. In the beginning they have an intro of Nick talking to a doctor with having depression and other problems. This intro takes place a few years after Gatsby's death. This is something the movie added that is not part of the book, and I like it. It shows how Nick decided to write the book and publish it. It really shows the emotions he really had after Gatsby's death. In conclusion all the characters are well portrayed to their full extent.
Some people think that the book is better than the movie. Some examples are "The Giver", "Cirque Du Freak", and "It", but I do believe that "The Great Gatsby" movie really expresses the book to the small details. On top of that the movie adds in it is flair by having Jay Z and he is amusing music. To the amazing cast they had like "The Amazing Spiderman" Tobey Maguire, the man in "Titanic" Leonardo DiCaprio, and the "Warrior" himself Joel Edgerton. I do feel that the symbols in the book were under the light in the movie, but majority of the symbols and details were come to life as much or even greater than it was in the book. In conclusion, the stereotype does come true, but this movie has broken it.
The soundtrack is amazing and the cinematography is absolutely beautiful. Stunningly beautiful. The only change I would make is recasting Tobey McGuire. The story is timeless and the updates made were educated and advanced the storytelling.
Good lord, this film does not take a breath long enough to even tell a story. Maguire's voice over is banal and irritating. DiCaprio's performance is wooden and far below his best. The dialogue is like an impression of a caricature of 1920s vernacular. The set design, costumes, and set pieces are tawdry in the extreme--like a tasteless music video screaming in your face. The world of the roaring 20s is so packed with melodramatic CGI as to look like a video game rendering. None of the special effects add anything to the sense of time and place, or nuance to the story; on the contrary, the constant noise and razzle-dazzle beats you into submission while you strain your eyes and ears for something approaching a story.
This film is utterly devoid of any authenticity, in its portrayal of the period, in its interpretation of the source material, in its vapid dialogue.
Great American Novel it may have been. The Great American Film this is not.
Lavishly beautiful and sad.