Movie Mania: The Great Gatsby (Blogathon-Entry for Head in a Vice)

The post I’m writing today is for a Blogathon initiated by Head in a Vice. It’s all about watching a movie because of a review you read.
Recently I came across a very positive review of the new Great Gatsby movie. I wasn’t too fond of the book when I read it about a year ago (you can check out the review for that right here). But sometimes bad books can be turned into good movies. With all the praise of the critics and the more than excited review I read I decided to give the film a chance.

However, the movie didn’t blow me away. The vivid colors that were spoken of in the review gave me more of a negative feeling. Everything was just too bright, too colorful. For most of the film I felt drowned by the opulence of the colors. Furthermore, to me it seemed like the actors sort of got lost in the set. The decadence of it all filled up so much of the movie no performance could live up to that. For me simply the whole setting was over the top.
Another aspect that received a lot of praise in randomfilmmusings’ review is the soundtrack. Baz Luhrmann used music by Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Florence and the Machine. You wonder how such music can fit in the world of the 1920’s? The answer is it doesn’t. Unlike with many of his other movies Luhrmann couldn’t incorporate the songs in the film in way that they give you the right feeling. Most of the songs just didn’t connect with the scenes. Only very few of them blended in perfectly.
Anyways, one point on which I completely agree with the review is Carey Mulligan’s splendid embodiment of Daisy. She plays the roles with a lightness that shows Daisy’s emptiness marvelously. A fragile touch is added to Daisy and you feel like she’d crumble to pieces any second.
Leonardo DiCaprio also did a great job portraying Gatsby. But what I didn’t like about this characters was the extremely fast pace he’s putting on. It feels like you spend half of the movie running of the Gatsby to keep up with him. To me this is not interesting or fascinating. For me it was simply tedious.

Summing up I can say that it is obvious how many money was spent on this movie. But the amazing actors get lost in the decadence and opulence of the film. There are too many pretty pictures with artificial colors that try to be the best part of the movie. Somehow the performance of the actors isn’t the most important thing, it’s rather to show off big buildings and large parties.
I wasn’t too fond of the film and for me it’s definitely not a recommendation.


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