Quick Hits Movie Review: “The Great Gatsby”
on 2013-05-13 09:29
I had read this book as a sophomore in High School, sadly many years ago, and I didn’t much understand the importance of the novel. Seeing the film years later, I was captivated by the brilliance of the writing and the story. The way the characters interacted, the way they spoke, and the words they used made this film so enjoyable to watch. “Old Sport”, a phrase we all use to poke fun at pretentious rich folk, was used gracefully by Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) throughout the film. Deep thoughts in poems read aloud by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) in the doctor’s office while remembering his time spent with Gatsby was about as wonderful as American poetry gets.
Believe it or not, the whole film had a very psychedelic feel to it. The way they used the camera and the way everyone behaved, gave you such a dream-like sensation. The way Daisy and Tom Buchanan (Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton) acted sends you back to early New York when the rich of the rich played Polo in the backyard while discussing their latest achievements. Where the parties were large and glamorous beyond belief and everything seemed perfect for everyone.
The one issue I had with the film was the use of music. Director Baz Luhrmann uses a mixture of time period swing and jazz music with modern day hip-hop. I didn’t really see why he did this other than to try to get the attention of the younger audience. In a film about the 20's in New York, I don’t need to hear a Jay-Z or Beyonce song. Other than that I thought the film was fantastic.
Theater vs. Home Release: Honestly it was great seeing it in the theater but this film would be just as good on your TV.