The Great Gatsby--Roaring, Dazzling, The Dream I Dream When Lost In The Pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby was roaring. It was dazzling. It was everything it needed to be when you dare to take on a classic like this F. Scott Fitzgerald gem.
I’d been dying to see it long before it came out, because F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite American author. Once it came out, I had heard some mixed reviews from my peers, but I didn’t let that taint my expectations. I knew this film would meet my expectations.
I think maybe what confused people a little was the use of hip-hop music. But I thought that was quite clever. It added the energy needed to captivate the book’s magic for today's audience.
Leonardo’s performance, as always, was brilliant. I wish the Academy would finally give him a statue. It’s been a while since I last read “The Great Gatsby,” but Leonardo’s performance was executed with such a passion, I want to immediately dive back into it and get sucked into the pages of that world.
Carrie Mulligan was a perfect Daisy. She captured Daisy’s vulnerability more impeccably than I had expected. She really was “the golden girl.”
The entire cast was really well cast, I thought. Toby McGuire’s softer tone and appearance was a good contrast next to both Leonardo as Gatsby and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan. And Joel was quite ghastly. Anytime someone can make me hate their character is a good sign. Even Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, the annoying, but sympathetic mistress of Tom Buchanan was quite amusing.
All in all, bravo Baz. Bravo.
BIG LOVE & HUGS