Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Reader's Review of The Great Gatsby Movie (2013)

The Music: 
The movie's soundtrack is incredible. Every song fits the scene perfectly. Many complained that the music was much too modern for a movie set in the '20s, but I loved how the producers mixed in old tunes with the pulsing beats of new, 21st century music. In a way, the blend of the two eras highlighted the timeless essence of the story. It brought the story to life in a whole new way.

The Casting:
Leonardo DiCaprio became Gatsby. I honestly couldn't have picked a more perfect man to play the elusive, captivating millionaire. Maguire did an excellent job of playing the outsider, watching the world move around him. Everyone was wonderful, from Tom to Daisy. 

The Effects/Settings:
I couldn't take my eyes off of the screen. The scenery, vivid colors, and incredible costumes 
captured my attention immediately. Gatsby's home and parties were absolutely breathtaking. WHY was I not born in this era? I can't get enough of it.

The Plot:
The movie follows the book very closely. I was happy to see that there were very few deviations from the original story. 

Honestly, nothing about the film itself stood out to me. The one thing I will complain about are the wannabe hipsters that populate every theater. Just because this book was assigned reading in school doesn't mean that every high schooler out there should pretend to love it. If one more person claims to love this story when they haven't even heard of the book, I'm going to scream.

I loved the movie. I was enchanted by the beauty and insanity of the twenties. I fell in love with the characters all over again. The accuracy and effects were impressive, and the cinematography will capture even the most reluctant movie-goer's attention. I'll definitely be watching this one more than once.

Go see it. Now, old sport.