17 May 2013

The Great Gatsby: I Love It And So Will You

I don’t care what else you’ve read about Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby – it’s glorious. It’s so visually spectacular and engrossing that the two and a half hour running time feels like it's nothing at all. Unlike the months and months and months that I've been waiting for this movie - but hand on heart, it did not disappoint.


Carey Mulligan’s Daisy is vulnerable and enchanting - and Carey makes the leap here from cute to full-on beauty. Tobey Maguire's Nick is the most relatable character of all;  the whole story is seen through his eyes, as he looks back from the other side of that summer.  

But Leonardo steals the show. He is insanely brilliant in this film – and I wouldn’t have classed myself as a fan. But between this and Django Unchained, it’s clear he’s in his acting prime.

The Great Gatsby 2013 review

I was about 13 when I saw the Robert Redford version, and it left me deeply confused and conflicted. This interpretation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic is much more clearcut. Some might say it lacks subtlety – I say it's less hazy, and more defined. It’s a love story, and it’s exciting and beautiful and tragic in equal parts.

It's not the same as the book, of course, because the book relies on Fitzgerald's nuanced prose. But I don't see why you can't love both.

This version is as glorious and excessive and riotously intense as I imagine the Jazz Age might have been – if you were exceptionally wealthy, or perhaps one of Fitzgerald’s and Hemingway’s hard-drinking literary crew. I had goose pimples throughout, and I sobbed like a baby for the last half hour.

The Great Gatsby 2013 review

Jay-Z's soundtrack is inspired, the 3D flourishes are gorgeous and the fashion…oh, the fashion. It’s divine. It’s perfection. It's Prada and Brooks Brothers. It’s something you really have to go and see, and the bigger the screen, the better.

It was never going to be easy to remake a classic, but I think Luhrmann absolutely did it justice. It felt…epic. I think Fitzgerald would approve – and I’d love to know if you agree.

36 comments:

Izzie J. Collins said...

I want to watch this so bad!

Keit said...

Ugh, I've been waiting for so long for this one. Especially for Leo :D
Can't wait to be available in my country too ^_^

Laura said...

Great review, I can't wait to see it! :)

fluff and fripperies said...

It's amazing - tell me what you think!

Lilli said...

Looking forward to watch it too! I'm so excited is finally out!!:) The fashion must be gorgeous, cant wait to see all the beautiful gowns! xo

Yvonne Magner said...

Can't wait to see this, it looks gorgeous.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

I still need to see it, but it looks spectacular!! I've read some negative reviews on it, but I don't usually listen to reviews anyways & just see what I like. So, I will watch it. Plus, love the outfits and glamour :))) Glad you enjoyed it doll, have a great weekend xo

Adele said...

I really want to see it, for the clothes alone!!!
Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
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Anya Jensen said...

Do you know I cannot wait to see this film. I LOVE Leo (always have always will - genius boy) and Carey Mulligan is adorable. I always loved Baz's very glittery/glam universe, guess I'm similar right;-) Thanks for the review, now I look forward to them showing it here. Happy weekend lovely,
Axx

Nicky said...

On that years there was classy and fantastic style !!
Nicky
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ifthey wereme said...

Oooo Leo *swoon*

All the little things said...

I can't wait to watch this! Going to see it with my sister very soon!! xxx

Jane Barry said...

I went to see it last night and couldn't agree more. Enchanting from start to finish. Great review : )

Mira said...

I haven´t read any negative review yet. I really want to see this too. I´m not a Leo fan but I have to admit his acting is brilliant <3

xx

Kim Alston said...

I'm going to see it this weekend! The weather was so bad last weekend that I couldn't go. hahaha I've heard nothing but great reviews. Thanks Emma!
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Emma said...

I'm waiting til after I see it to read your review Emma, but I really can't wait! I was so obsessed with Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet, dying to see it!!

Emma x

Rachel. said...

I went to see this last night and it was incredible, the best film i've seen in such a long time! Leo was amazing and just the whole film was just insane! xo

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fluff and fripperies said...

My exact feelings too Rachel! So glad you loved it as much as I did xo

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

It looks to be a veritable visual feast. I might go watch it this weekend.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Anonymous said...

I will watch in on Sunday!

LUXESSED

Nurse Fancy Pants said...

I actually cannot wait to see this! It's one of my all time favourite books and I adore Baz Luhrmans work so it's all looking positive for me!

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Sam said...

You have truly enticed me to watch the movie now with this optimistic review!

Coco said...

I'm so waiting for it to come out in Italy too!!!
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Frank Vinyl said...

oh my gosh i can't wait to see this!
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Ash said...

I waited months for this, (like since Christmas!) like you Emma, and I have to say I was disappointed. I just felt that they left out some key lines from the book which were important to the story. My expectations were probably heightened because its Baz Luhrmann though! I loved Leo in it and Carey, both very good performances.

NailsByNumbers said...

Going to see it tomorrow, excitement!

So Random Today said...

Thanks for the review! Looking to going see this even more now :)

Pretty Affairs said...

I NEED to see this!!! :-) i don't class myself as Leo Dicaprio fan either but cannot not notice what a brilliant actor he is every time I watch a film with him in it! :-)

little t said...

I'm ashamed to admit I've never read the book, and I promised myself I would do that first before seeing the film.

But I can't wait to see it... and I've only heard good things.

Stylish By Nature said...

Great post...now waiting to watch it !!

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LeeLee said...

Yes, I saw this movie and loved it. Baz did a great job.

Halima - Fashionicide said...

I've really wanted to watch this. My hubby's read the book and is dead against watching films that are mad from books. Definitely popping in to watch this with my BFF!

Halima

xx

moira said...

totally agree with you! i don't know why people get grumpy about it xx

Sweet Like Cinnamon said...

Oh I can't wait to see this! Thanks for the great review.

Lucky said...

loved it too