The Great Gatsby movie, a small review
This week I saw The Great Gatsby and it. was. awesome! I forwent my hubby's softball game on Tuesday night so my friend Brittany and I could see the movie, and I was vibrating with excitement as we entered the theater. We wanted to get there extra early to be sure we got good seats, but that proved to be a moot point because there were maybe 10 people in the entire theater. Oops. Oh well.
I finished re-reading the book just a few weeks ago, so the entire story was fresh on my mind and I was bursting at the seems to see how director Baz Luhrmann would interpret the lavish party scenes at Gatsby's mansion.
The Roaring Twenties? Luhrmann NAILED it (not like I was actually around for the 1920s, but still). I think I had goosebumps for the first 30 minutes of the movie.
In all honesty, I'm not the biggest fan of the book. I think the characters are underdeveloped, shallow and I don't think Gatsby was presented with any real redeeming qualities. However, the movie made me fall in cinema-tically in love with him and his unshakeable hope (then again, it WAS Leonardo DiCaprio. Not a hard man to love.), and the story felt much more romantic with the stunning visuals and the actors' passion.
Some critics have said the film makes a mockery of the book, but I have to disagree. I never understood why The Great Gatsby is revered as such a classic because it's kind of a droll, boring read. The movie added life to the characters that Fitzgerald's words didn't. (In my humble opinion.)
I loved the movie so much, I wanted to throw up. I literally wanted to expel all of the contents of my stomach in order to make more room for love for Gatsby.
And if anything, watch the movie for the soundtrack. Jack White, Jay-Z and Lana Del Ray—oh my!
Have you seen the movie? What did you think?