Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Great Gatsby Review- In Its Own Beauty by Otto L.

            F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, is now on the big screen again after several movie adaptions (the last one being in 2000 when it came out as a TV film). Many critics have deemed the previous attempts of this classic literature a failure and many people have anticipated that this film will be the first Gatsby film to ever get it “right”. Whatever “right” means depends on your expectations of the movie, if you are looking for an Oscar-winning film, then you may be disappointed, but if you are looking for a movie that shines in its own right then you may appreciate Baz Luhrmann’s (the director of Romeo and Juliet and the Academy Award nominated Moulin RougeThe Great Gatsby.

            For those who don’t know what The Great Gatsby is about... It is set in New York City in the Roaring Twenties, in which the narrator, Nick Carraway (played by Tobey Maguire), tells us the a magnificent story of a mysterious and wealthy man who lives next door named Gatsby (played by Leonardo Dicaprio). That is all I have to say about the movie, because I do not want to let my mouth slip and reveal some things that should only be discovered through watching the movie, or reading the book. However, I have to say that the acting is top notch and the themes in the movie (taken from the book obciously) are pretty powerful.
            The one complaint that a lot of people have for the movie is the out-of-time soundtrack. Two minutes into the movie and you can hear Jay Z’s rapping voice. The Great Gatsby was set in the Jazz era. Rap and Hip-hop in to many us in today’s world is like how Jazz is to the people of the Twenties. So I do feel like the modern soundtrack helps viewers, mostly the younger ones, feel somewhat immersed into the film because the familiar music. The same could not be said for older audiences, but film is already out, so if they did not like it, it’s their choice.
            Did this movie live up to the book? No. No. No. No. Nothing can ever live up to F Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. But Director Baz Luhrmann has found a way to artistically alter the atmosphere of the film, which is appealing to some and horrifying to others. I personally liked the movie, the plot has not been altered and the essence of the book (or what I think is the essence), Gatsby’s sense of hope (Oh whoops! Spoilers, but not really. Are you curious now? Well then Read the book, it’s not that long. Seriously.), was present in the film. I ask you to not compare the movie to the book and appreciate the movie for what it is.

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