“The Great Gatsby” (a.k.a The Alright Gatsby): A Movie Review

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I seem to be doing quite a few of these now that it’s summer.

Anyway, I got premiere tickets off my friend for the showing of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire (okay, there is a lot of other people, but I do not know them as well). I was ridiculously happy when he told me he could get me the tickets because one of my friends and I were having a conversation about how much it sucks that this movie came out after our summer courses started. But with advanced screening, we managed to bypass the silly release date and watch it a week early!

Advanced screenings are fun, and this time they gave out prizes for people who came dressed up in Gatsby era clothes! So quite a few people dressed up!

I must start with the disclaimer that I have never read The Great Gatsby. I wanted to start it, but I did not want to spoil the movie (since movies are usually not as good as books in my opinion).

The Great Gatsby is a movie filled with mystery surrounding this man called J. Gatsby. He is rich, and he has a thing for this girl called Daisy. The two have not seen each other for five years and in Gatsby’s absence, Daisy got married. So that complicates things quite a bit. The whole film revolves around Nick Carraway’s fascination with with Mr. Gatsby, and he eventually gets involved and takes a part in helping Gatsby’s wishes to fulfil his dreams.

To me, it was The Alright Gatsby. I thought the soundtrack stood out a little at times (not in a good way), and their soundtrack has artists such as Jay-Z. I also found it really hard to connect with any of the characters in the film or emphatize for them, but that probably has to do not with the film, but with the story itself? The visuals were beautiful, but I was not entirely wow-ed by the story. I may have also went in with really high hopes, and left disappointed when they were not reached. Leonardo DiCaprio’s films always interest me, so I thought this would be another instant favourite of mine. I guess not.

I would not put this film very high on my recommendations list, but who knows? You may like it.

Let me know what you think!

-Karen

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11 thoughts on ““The Great Gatsby” (a.k.a The Alright Gatsby): A Movie Review

  1. MrJohnson says:

    The only thing I do not like about Leonardo Dicaprio films is usually Leonardo Dicaprio.
    Loved Romeo & Juliet. I have it on Blu Ray. The Beach, Catch me if you can, Revolutionary road and a few more that I cannot remember.

  2. Ash says:

    Great post. Personally, I’ve never really liked Abercrombie & Fitch, or, indeed, Hollister, their relative. I mean, I’ve never considered that there’s anything really wrong with my appearance or size, but I feel alienated by the image they portray. One of the weirdest things that I found alienating was that all the women had long, extremely feminine hair, and I never have done, wavering constantly between shirt bob and shoulder-length. It just tapped into the insecurity that I’ve had concerning my hair for years, and it didn’t take me long to get sick of it.

    As for the racism … Just … Ewwww … For God’s sake, I hate that sort of ‘ironic’ offensiveness, where people supposedly think they can get away with it if ‘everyone’s in on the joke’. So much for these enlightened times …

    Although, seeing as you spoke of Dove’s advertising campaign, I felt I should share this Vlogbrothers video, which I found very enlightening: http://youtu.be/yowHM6nqu60

    • kalyrical says:

      Haha! NERDFIGHTERS!!!!! But anyway, yeah, marketing and its ethics are so blurry.

      Oh and I guess this was a response to my other post instead of this one? XD

      I never had short hair myself but hearing about your recollection of how all women are portrayed with long hair really makes me think… you are right. There is a definite lack of short hair representation in our ads and stores! :/

      • Ash says:

        Haha, yeah. I’m a little confused actually, as to why it’s replied to your Gatsby post rather than this one, as I know I was clicked on the marketing post. Although I find it funny that we’re discussing women with short hair considering that everyone has hair like that in Gatsby.

      • kalyrical says:

        Lol! WordPress is probably acting up again.

        Now that you mention it, the gals in Gatsby all had short hair…I actually can’t think of anyone who didn’t. Unless we count Daisy when she was younger…

      • Ash says:

        … And, of course, the younger Daisy is the epitome of an idealised and idolised woman, objectified as ‘the girl to be got’ who also symbolises all the lifestyle he wants. Hmmm … Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I’m not sure if it’s an accident that the princess of Gatsby’s nostalgic memory should have long(er) hair.

      • kalyrical says:

        Oh my goodness. You manage to see the most amazing things. It’s like those days when I used to sit in Lit class and then my teacher/prof would point out something that was there all along but I just didn’t see it at first glance. I wish I was in a book club with you!

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