I have to say that this is one of the movies I have been looking forward to most this year. I have read the book more than once – the first time being because I had to in high school, and the second because I had to in university. As a teenager the story and it’s messages we’re lost on me. But as an adult the story really resonated.
So I was pretty stoked when I found out that they were remaking the book into a movie (the first movie adaptation was released in 1974 and starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow). The preview for the current film set to Jack White’s cover of U2’s song Love is Blindness really fed my excitement for this movie.
While there are theatres showing Gatsby in 3D and it is clear that it was filmed for 3D, David and I saw it in regular old 2D. It was still fantastic to watch! The movie has a larger than life feel and a soundtrack that is pretty much equal parts vintage 20s and current to within the past 20 years. The cinematography, pacing and effects are all modern feeling, and the costuming and set designs really had that 20s feel.
I was worried at first how the movie would deal with the fact that the story is narrated by Gatsby’s neighbour Nick and is basically his take on events, but they handled that fact beautifully! I was actually quite happy with how much they kept to the original story. I really don’t want to give anything away, but the eyes of TJ Eckleburg, the Green Light, and the Valley of Ashes all have their moments.
Leonardo DiCaprio really does a fantastic job of capturing and presenting the essence of Gatsby. I also like Carey Mulligan as Daisy, Isla Fisher as Myrtle, and although David will disagree with me I liked Toby Maguire as Nick Carraway. I wasn’t fully sold on Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan though… Maybe that’s just because I couldn’t get past young Uncle Owen (from the Star Wars Prequels) with a pencil moustache…
I am pretty sure I’ll be seeing this movie again. I would happily pay to see it in the theatre again! You don’t have to have read the book to get and enjoy the movie, and I think it is a movie anyone in or past their own roaring 20s will appreciate.