The Great Gatsby Film Review

The Great Gatsby Film Review
By: Joanne Serrieh


     It is very exciting when important novels like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, are made into Hollywood movies, especially when you can compare how close what you imagined while reading the book is to how the director sees it. I had the opportunity to attend a special screening of The Great Gatsby before its official release, May 10th, 2013, and I absolutely loved it. The movie captures the themes that we all had to analyze in our high school English classes, such as the difference between the lives of the newly rich and those who are born rich and even the significance of the green light that is a symbol of J. Gatsby’s high hopes of getting Daisy, the love of his life, back. I do not want to spoil the movie for those who have not read the book so I will focus more on the production aspect of the film.

While watching the movie, some parts really stuck in my mind and made me want to write this review as soon as possible. The sound track on the film was absolutely brilliant. The director, Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet) infused the movie with songs from the soundtrack in a slick way which made it hard not to enjoy the songs. Usually while watching a movie you do not really pay attention to the music or songs playing in the background but that is not the case in The Great Gatsby.


      The director made sure the songs got the spotlight they deserved. With a soundtrack that includes huge artists like Jay-Z and Beyonce to rising stars like Emeli Sande, who covered Beyonce’s Crazy In Love in the film, it was hard not to fall in love with the songs. The soundtrack also includes songs by Will.I.Am, Fergie, Lana Del Rey, Bryan Ferry, Florence + The Machine, Coco O., The xx, Gotye, Jack White, Nero and Sia.

Personally, I am obsessed with “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey and it has been on repeat for a few days now. The song is great as a single and it being on The Great Gatsby soundtrack makes it even more perfect. Since watching the movie I can not listen to the song without remembering the passionate love scenes that accompanied it in the movie.

The character of J. Gatsby is played by the oh-so-charming Leonardo DiCaprio who was perfect for the role. His slicked back hair and those mesmerizing blue eyes had Gatsby written all over them. DiCaprio easily pulled off the role of the suave confident man who then turned into a nervous little boy when he was about to be reunited with the love of his life, ImageDaisy Buchanan, played by Carey Mulligan, who has great on-screen chemistry with Dicaprio. This is really important because if the chemistry is not present between main characters in a movie then the roles will lose value and meaning.

Tobey Maguire playing the narrator Nick Carraway is a great choice because he effortlessly portrays the character of a young guy trying to make it big during the roaring twenties. The roaring twenties included those extravagant parties that Gatsby had in hopes that Daisy would show up. The parties portrayed in the film can take up a blog on their own. It was all extravagant, from the costumes, the dancing, and to the music. It all kept drawing me in and it definitely kept me entertained. These parties can make a great theme for your next New Year’s party.

I wish I can describe how Dicaprio looked on the screen but I just can’t seem to find the words, maybe because he is indescribable in his character. I highly recommend this movie to those who enjoyed reading the novel while in high school. If you were one of those students who refused to read because you were told to read, like myself, I promise you will enjoy the movie, especially because you will be watching it for pleasure with no analysis or essay attached.

Leaving you with some last thoughts, I do not think any high school student will ever have to read the actual novel from now on, thanks to this movie. Also, if you fell in love with Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic, then you will fall in love all over again in The Great Gatsby. 


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  1. I am SO excited for this movie, I love Baz Lurhmann films! His soundtracks are always amazing- I listened to the soundtrack for years after the movie came out because the songs he chose were incredible.Moulin Rouge is another great example of his ability to create encapsulating soundtracks that take you right back to the scene of the film. Great review!!

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