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.

Unico

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Unico was created by Tezuka with the orignal manga running from November 1976 to March 1979 – it has since developed into three films and a learning tool for children.

Set in mythological ancient Greece the story is of a young unicorn who has magical powers to help those who love him. This causes trouble with the Greek gods and Unico has to leave and start a new life with no memory of the past.

I first came across this charming white furred and  pink maned character when browsing through Tumblr. I eventually found out who and what Unico is and I ended up watching two of the three films.

I really enjoyed the films and the character is great, though I don’t think Unico’s character would fit in todays day and age – Just because it seems too naive and old-fashioned. though saying that there were some serious lessons to be learnt from the films. I also have a fondness for anime from the 1980’s and unicorns so this was great…

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The Fantastic Adventure of Unico

Unico in the Island of Magic

London Film Museum

What is the London Film Museum?

‘The London Film Museum is the only film museum of its kind in Great Britain, supporting the Film Industry and the talent within it. We are self supporting, reinvesting back into the museum and within the community, creating a number of local area initiatives that also form an important part of the school curriculum.’ – London Film Museum

Opening in April 2012 the London Film Museum, Covent Garden, is located where the old Covent Gardern flower cellars used to be. It houses a huge collection ranging from props and filming devices (from as early as the early twentieth century), as well as films and photographs.

Sections are devoted to different aspects of filming in london such as the London working class, the royal family and the war. There is also a section, CAPTURING THE SHADOWS, which looks at how images were captured before film as we know it existed. It looks at shadow theatre, the optical lantern, photography, and kinetic animation – these all helped establish an aspect to cinematography as the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth.

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I walked past this museum a few times on my way to Covent Garden and thought nothing of it. However on Easter Monday I decided that it might be worth a visit – And it was.

The space which they have is amazing – I fell in love with it automatically. The vastness of the cellars are useful as the wall are used to show old films on and large displays of equipment and display cabinets fit in the room without consuming a large amount of space or looking as if there isn’t enough on display.

The subjects they presented are not heavy or covered at a superficial level so the information that is given is just the right amount. My favourite part was the literature section where they had the orignal props used by Jeremy Brett for his role as Sherlock Holmes for ITV Granada’s adoption of Sherlock Holmes.

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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.