Monday, September 2, 2013

Little Shop of Movies Review: The Great Gatsby

The book by F. Scott Fitzgerald was great the film with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow was a fair adaptation of the novel.
The adaptation here is more of a fairy tale with overly lavish sets and costumes with the music of Fergie(Black Eyed Peas) & Jay-Z the music producer, there were two scenes were there was music from that era and that was an overblown scene with fireworks and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
With too much in the sets and special effects and there are a good number of those in this film where so many movies have gone wrong this year this is another to join this group with the director having done Moulin Rouge before this is very much the same in that regard it looks good but lacks any feeling at all.
The only segments that had any real feelings to them were the first bit of the film when the mystery of who Gatsby was, but then once we meet him- he was better in the shadows arrogant man indeed.
When the film takes place in the 20's less is more works better for sure, thats why Great Gatsby(1974) will always be the better film for me, the part was played down by Redford as to keep more of the mystery of the man. Here Dicaprio overplays his part as usual for me I am not a fan of his. The bland narrative by Tobey McGuire was tiresome.

I was not convinced either actor really understood their parts and seemed really stiff throughout.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

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