The Great Gatsby {Film}

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Released sometime last month and directed by Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby is another adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. I was in two minds about this film I wanted it to be really good but at the same time I knew I would somehow be disappointed as I am a fan of the book.

As a standalone film I think a pretty decent job was done. The book is by its nature difficult to adapt into a film so some changes had to be made. Sadly I did not always agree with these changes however one which I did agree with was the way the film was narrated, I thought the little twist was clever.

The scenes which involved cars were very interesting and well done, something about the speed in which they were going at or seemed to go at kept me glued to the screen as something could go wrong and I had to see it happen and of course something did eventually go wrong.

Another great and important aspect to the film was the scenes of Gatsby’s amazing parties. They really were well done and the cinema experience was important as I felt I was almost at the parties myself.

I had few issues with the manner in which the characters were portrayed. Gatsby wasn’t so great he said ‘old sport’ in the most annoying way, he was too aggressive and just didn’t look like Gatsby.

It set it up so that Daisy and Gatsby love each other more earnestly then was portrayed in the book, Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy wasn’t believable enough and I think the director could’ve play with the idea of his love for the memory of Daisy more than he did.

Daisy in the book is a given some depth and reason is given behind her actions, however in the film she is so unrealistic and flat. They tried to explain her past and the environment in which she grew up in but this just broke up the film for me.

Nick’s role was slightly altered in the movie and he wasn’t as involved as he was in the book. His relationship with Jordan Baker was overlooked for film purposes as the focus was solely on the Daisy and Gatsby affair.

There were certain scenes which I really wanted in the film which just weren’t there. There is a possibility it would have been filmed and edited out but I really thought a funeral scene would have added to the tragedy. The way Gatsby’s parents were just dismissed in the film was not done well. Another non-existent scene that happens in the book is a scene when Daisy tells Gatsby that rich girls don’t marry poor men. This would have been an amazingly poignant scene which was sadly not there.

One point that I thought was patronising was that the theme of ‘old money’ and ‘new money’ was explicitly said which I found patronising and could’ve been edited out of the film as I don’t think it added a great deal of value

When the soundtrack was first released I was not really that impressed, however after watching the film I see how it fitted into Luhrmann’s adaption of The Great Gatsby. Though I can understand the choice of music and the need to appeal to a more varied audience with contemporary taste, it still wasn’t that memorable for me.
My overall rating of this film is a 6/10. It was a well done film that did not live up to the expectations I had hoped for. The characters and plots were lacking in some aspects but generally the story was covered and modernised for a new audience.

…It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it…{Qoute}

“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I love love love this book, but it make me so sad. I think this might be my favourite quote from the book. It makes me want to know Gatsby despite his shady past and habit of telling tall tales.

And I saw the film last week… I know it’s a cliché but the book was much better….

…May I ask why…{Qoute}

“…May I ask why you gentlemen prefer to lounge away your leisure hours in a room which is chiefly furnished, as far as I can see, with scrubbing brushes. And when the human race has progressed to a stage where seventeen thousand chairs are manufactured every day except Sunday…”
May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is quote is from Fitzgerald’s May Day, another one of his short stories which I finished reading. I found this point of the story very interesting as there is an obvious social divide between Peter Himmel and the two ‘driftwood’ soldiers he is addressing, Keys and Rose.

Great Gatsby {2013}

The Great Gatsby movie trailer has been around for a while, but I think this a new one released around the same time as the soundtrack.

I can’t say I am convinced about this movie, it seem almost too grand. But I will be eagerly awaiting this movie, despite the fact it will not meet my expectations – Probably because the book is always better.

May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald

May Day is a short story published in Smart Set in 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the May Day Riots of 1919 as the historical backdrop for the story.

The story features three plot lines (Sterrett’s troubles, the events at the newspaper office, and the story of Keys and Rose) with characters that meet and separate in New York. The characters weave in and out of each other’s lives so seamlessly with each chapter effortlessly leading onto the next with no question being brought up about the temporarily inactive characters. It ended as you might expect, but it was not over or under stated. I’ve never read a story like this, with the intertwining plots, so I was unaware of how well it could be done.

Fitzgerald’s writing style enables you to quickly understand a character personality through the was they are described and how other character interact with them. Like with Fitzgerald’s other characters I never cared for them much but I wanted to know what happened to them.

I found this to be an enjoyable read with the interaction between classes is an interesting point in May Day. I am looking forward to reading more of Fitzgerald’s works as I am currently reading my way through Fitzgerald’s short stories. Currently I am on The Diamond as Big as the Ritz