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I’ve been dying to talk about this film since I saw it last week.
When the announced that Baz Luhrmann was going to direct a new vision of the book I knew it would be beautiful. The casting was announced and I instantly fell in love.
DiCaprio is in his element playing Gatsby, the part not only suits him but he seems to give Gatsby a more desperate hopefulness that pulls strings at your heart at some of the more hard-hitting scenes. He’s just so elegant as Gatsby, the self made millionaire, desperate to win back the girl he lost due his lack of money.
Mulligan as Daisy… When this was announced I had a pretty big grin on my face and the scene that introduces her is pure art. She’s blindingly careless when it comes to love. Mulligan plays her hollow character so brilliantly that i’m generally annoyed by her at the end of the film, where “she smashes up things and creatures and retreats back to her money”. Mulligan does however seem to give Daisy a hint of realness, there is genuine desperation when talking about her daughter: “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
The rest of the cast glitter as vividly as the sets behind them. The story follows the narration of Daisy’s cousin Nick (played by Maguire) and he doesn’t annoy me as much as I thought, innocent, young and forever the observer. Edgerton and Debeki are fantastic as the chess pieces played by Daisy and Gatsby. Special shout to Isla Fischer as Myrtle. I think I was most looking forward to watching her and I wish she would have more screen time. Her death by Daisy, to Jack White’s “Love is Blindness” is harrowingly perfect.
The soundtrack works. I don’t care what anyone else says. The 20’s were about new and different things that people weren’t used too. Excess is the best! So why not have an over the top urban soundtrack to the film? Fergie and Will.i.am host Gatsby’s infamous Saturday night parties. The XX follow the decline of Daisy and Gatsby’s dream, whilst Jay Z and Emeli Sandé show us around the hustle and bustle of new manhattan. The heart line of the soundtrack is Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful”. Played in a variety of ways throughout the film, the song is perfect and it makes you hope, with such an ache, that Daisy and Gatsby will make it. Maybe the song isn’t about them, maybe it’s about America and the dream everyone in the 20’s had for her. She can’t keep the illusion of herself and hopes that those that fell in love with her will still be there when she crumbles into her untimely decline.
Yes, Florence’s “Over the Love” is miles better than LDR’s Y+B and i’m so pissed that it wasn’t used enough. But Flo’s song is the only one on the soundtrack that was written from the view of a character- in this case Daisy. The song is full of emotion and pain, and yes that’s probably what Daisy feels on the inside but neither the book or film let us know that for certain.
If you’re going to watch this film, and expect a nice 2.5 hour love story you’ll be disappointed. Yes, the shell of this film focuses on the love of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan but the whole film is one giant metaphor for 1920’s America, in particular the failure of the American Dream (Daisy’s love) in an era of unprecedented prosperity and material excess (Tom and Gatsby’s money).
Fitzgerald portrays the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values, shown in it’s overarching cynicism, greed and empty pursuit of pleasure. The reckless jubilance that led to the decadent parties and wild jazz age, epitomised by Gatsby’s opulent parties, resulted in the untimely corruption of the American Dream as the unrestrained desire for money and pleasure surpassed more noble goals.
I loved the film. Best this year, though I have the unsettling feeling that the film was a little vacant. Whenever someone asks me about it, I just go on and on about how beautiful and hyper-real the colours, sets and costumes are. Visually, the film takes your breath away. Apart from that, there’s isn’t much I can say. While I was watching it, I had my opinions about characters- my moral compass kept changing with every scene. All of that, however, seemed to fade after the film finished unlike the beauty of the sets (the scene where Jordan Baker sneaks up on Nick at Gatsby’s party is burned into my eyes). Maybe that’s what Lurhmann wanted? The 20’s were never about any sustaining morals and the jazz age came about to fill the vacant void after WW1. Maybe that’s what it felt after the decline of the 20’s. Perhaps all you could remember was how beautiful everything and everyone was.
Sat in the AMC with Rickie about to see The Great Gatsby. It’s packed.
He’s just asked: out of 10- how excited I am.
Can’t fucking wait.
We just came out of Star Trek too, tht was pretty nifty.
Double cinema whammy!
It’s about to start. Eeeeee!
How the HELL did The XX manage to make The Great Gatsby song Together like a gazillion times better than Coexist.
Like I just don’t get it. Coexist has always disappointed me, idk.
Together is just an amazing song.