This book has been on my short list of favorites for a while now and after watching the Robert Redford version from the 1970’s I was very unsure that Baz Luhrmann would be able to do the story justice. I had no doubt that he would be able to pull off the famous Gatsby parties but the tragic love story not so much.
I thoroughly enjoyed being drawn into Gatsby’s world of beautiful parties and hopeful (if not tragic) optimism. Back in the 1920’s where (according to Fitzgerald) the alcohol flowed, the dresses were short, and relationships were disposable.
I thought the 3D was a little superfluous but a nice touch. Leonardo DiCaprio captured Gatsby’s truly tragic hope and optimism so well that I didn’t see him I saw Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway was amazing in the “outsider looking in” role, and Carey Mulligan played Daisy Buchanan beautifully .
All in all this movie was beautifully tragic and I wouldn’t be surprised if this role gets Leo his long-awaited Oscar.
I was lucky enough to get tickets to an advance screening of “Now You See Me” for me and my friends (most notably my usual movie plus one Ms Dorian Bright). I had high hopes for this movie considering the cast and I will tell you I was not disappointed!
The story goes way beyond the usual magician tale to tell a much bigger Robin Hood-esque story. The fact that Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are in it are just very happy bonuses.
I will be the first to tell you that Jesse Eisenberg kind of turned me off when he played Mark Zuckerburg in such a douchy way that I was very hesitant to see him in anything else, but he totally turned it around for me in this one. While he was still kind of an ass, he was very much a lovable asshole so it was forgivable. Woody Harrelson and the rest of the cast played very well off each other and I’m hoping for a reunion in the sequel. Because, yes, a movie with the twists that this movie has NEEDS a sequel!
When this movie comes out on May 31st you’ll be missing out if you don’t go see it!