The Great Gatsby (2013)

Gotta say that The Great Gatsby was good but not great. Visually stunning yes, zany and wild sure, but it drops the ball in portraying Gatsby as he should be: calm, cool, and mysterious. Rather we get an angry mobster who loses control. I don’t recommend reading the book prior to seeing the movie, if you’re anything like me you’ll just keep tugging at strings and poking holes in things until there’s nothing left. For example, Jordan Baker is nearly non-existent as a character and T.J. Ecklberg is given completely different lines and portrayal. Small things certainly, but added with the misshapen Jay Gatsby and the story starts to lose what makes the book so compelling to begin with. Plus Fitzgerald really condemns the lifestyle of the uber-rich, while it is alluring and magnificent, it makes for shitty people and shitty culture. So all those “Gatsby Parties” people keep having don’t get it. Gatsby didn’t even attend his parties or even enjoy them. They were a means to an end. An end that turned up sour as hell.  /endrant

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2 responses to “The Great Gatsby (2013)

  1. pml

    I don’t think any Gatsby movie can live up to the book; it’s just too good of a book. That being said, I definitely think this movie is better than people are saying. I actually think that Baz did a good job of portraying that this was a lifestyle where there are just tons of shitty fake people. I think all the advertising around the movie misses that point (what with all the Gatsby style parties they are throwing etc) but that the actual movie makes it well.

    Too much emphasis on the love story, and Tobey was poorly cast. Someone else should’ve played Nick.

    Lastly, Gatsby needs to be an HBO miniseries.

    • Friends of P

      I did enjoy it really, despite my rantings. I’ll definitely watch it again too. You’re right though, a true representation of the book to movie is impossible. It reads well but the words coming out of an actress’/actor’s mouth always sound off.

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