Saturday, May 11, 2013

Movie Review: The Great Gatsby


Wow! I don't even know where to start! First of all, let me just say that if you haven't read the book you will be doing this film an injustice by watching it without first reading the book.
If you've read the book, then you can agree that some parts may be difficult to read as there is a lot of conversation. I bought the book a few months ago with the intention of reading the book before watching the film. I managed to read most of it and stopped where Jay Gatsby meets with Daisy Buchanan for tea.
Let me take you back a few months before jumping into the new adaptation of the book starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
I began reading the book during my late night sessions before going to bed a few pages at a time every night. The storyline is amazing and the characters are something else. All the major characters except for Nick Buchanan (the narrator), and Myrtle Wilson (the mistress of Tom Buchanan), are considerably wealthy. So I thought to myself, "What do I really have in common with these characters?" Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. We all experience some sort of drama, but nothing like these characters. Never have I been to an extravagant party like those Jay Gatsby throws for the rich and famous. Nevetheless, every woman has experienced that long lost love that they could never seem to hold on to and in the end they marry the safe one, not the crooked one we are all accustomed to chasing. Somehow, this story is the opposite. It follows the story of a wealthy man whose life is preset to include Daisy in it. The man, Jay Gatsby, has chosen his location and has thrown wild, extravagant parties in the hopes of meeting Daisy again.
After five years, the two characters, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, finally meet and that is where the drama ensues over when she will leave her husband to live with her true love. Or is it the other way around? I would argue that it's the other way around. Jay Gatsby is in pursuit of Daisy and his determination to win her over only ends in disaster.
I would highly recommend the new adaptation. Over the past few months, I also had the opportunity to watch the Great Gatsby, the adaptation produced in 1974 starring Robert Redford. I won't compare it to the new one as time has definitely improved pictures and music, however I will say that if you don't read the book first, then you shouldn't watch either movie. The 1974 adaptation is a rather difficult film to watch as they stick to the book almost word for word and there is a lot of dialogue.

On that note, if you have read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald then watch both movies. Compare notes. Make a day out of it. A week. Or a few months like myself.


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