Wednesday, May 29, 2013


The Great Gatsby tells a story about Nick Carraway, a bond salesman who rent a cottage in West Egg, a town outside Manhattan, where rich people built their mansion. Just across the bay, East Egg, live his distant relative, Daisy, and her old-moneythe rich, brutal, Ivy League philistine husband, Tom Buchanan. Nick lives next door with a rich, new money, mysterious Jay Gatsby, who squander his wealth by throwing a huge party every weekend, although the people who attended Gatsby's parties never actually met him. the mysterious man finally reveal himself to Nick, and open his secret about his long-gone love, who's actually Daisy, and determined to get her back and grab back his past.
Gatsby represents optimism, that you can reclaim the past and seize it although it has surpassed us. Gatsby also depicts how far you'll try to get back your love ones. But Gatsby also tell us about how cruel and characterless this world is. How one day you are somebody, and the next day you are nobody. It's amazing how relevant the story is to the present, although it was written on the 20s. 

Baz Luhrmann—the director—always has this hyperbolic and dramatic aesthetic—which you also can see on his works, including Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge—and always such a feast for the eyes. I personally love it, especially how he describes New York in the 'roaring 20s'. Although every critics hate his point of view, and they call it 'too much'. And the clothes! THANK GOODNESS Baz brought her lovely, 2 time academy award winning costume designer Catherine Martin, who came to her senses and team up with Prada. The costumes are  impeccable, spot on 20s.

The highlight of the film is, of course, the cast. Leonardo DiCaprio is no doubt super amazing. He understand Gatsby's mysterious and naive character. Carey Mulligan surprisingly nailed the part as this southern belle, who turns out to be such a characterless woman. 

Overall this movie is amazing. I'm obsessed with the intricate story, the set, the cast, EVERYTHING! Brava. 

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