19 May 2013

The Great Gatsby

Studying the book in English Literature has definitely given me a much larger appreciation for Fitzgerald than I would have had just reading The Great Gatsby in my free time, he is so unbelievably clever and describes things so wonderfully I didn't know how they were possibly going to make the film as good. The director Baz Luhrmann is fantastic anyway, he directed Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge, two of my favourite films and you could tell he was really well suited for Gatsby as Luhrmann really does everything over the top and that's exactly what Gatsby needed.
I went to see it on Friday night, one hour actually after my English Literature exam in which I wrote an essay on Gatsby. And I have to say, it was perfect. The adaptation of the book was spot on, leaving out things that would have been boring on screen and then adding to things to make them so much better than they were in the book, every shot was beautiful, the whole thing was perfectly edited, filmed, acted, staged. everything.
I loved it.
Leonardo DeCaprio (Gatsby) was excellent, no one else could have played it and I actually have new found love for Nick Carraway (Tobey Maquire) and Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton),  two annoying characters in my opinion in the book.
I would without a doubt recommend anyone to see it, I will be again, even if you haven't read the book it is beautiful with an incredible story and soundtrack.