I saw The Great Gatsby this past Friday night and while I won’t do a full on review I will tell you I found it to be splendid. I realize many people loathe the great American novel but I happen to love it. Maybe because it’s rather sad like myself. The main characters are pretty unlikeable and I see why some people would find fault in such a work. But Daisy and Gatsby’s love draws me in, much like that of Heathcliff and Cathy. Another couple whose only redeeming quality is their love for one another.
Daisy is quite a pathetic soul. She’s married to Tom, a cheating fool from old money who swept her off her feet one day and carried her over the threshold to East Egg. However her love always remained with J Gatsby, the man who really piqued her interest and took everything there was for her to give. Now she is miserable and mopey and doesn’t really know what to do with herself.
Then of course there is J Gatsby. He lost Daisy to Tom and decided to work his way up the new money ladder so he could buy Daisy’s love back. Everything he has ever done has been for her. However when he finds her again his plan doesn’t work the way he would have hoped. Because Daisy, being Daisy, isn’t as predictable as J Gatsby had expected. Or maybe she is predictable and he couldn’t see it because of his blinding love.
Either way I recommend you see the movie. Sure, it is different from the book. Yes, they have hip hop music playing. But why is that so bad? F. Scott Fitzgerald even talked about how when he wrote the book he talks about jazz which was quite a taboo at the time. So now we are trying to introduce this great work to a new generation and using hip hop music with jazz elements and people are going berserk? I’m just confused. The music makes the movie just perfect. Go see and you’ll understand. Of course Baz Luhrmann ensured the set design and costumes were enough to make your ticket price well worth it. If you were a Moulin Rouge fan you’ll see many similarities between the two movies.
I wanted to post this song Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey for everyone to listen to. It’s known as Daisy’s song for Gatsby. It brings tears to my eyes it’s simply so beautiful. I just like to share these things with my readers when I’m moved this much. Her voice is haunting. I hope it moves you as well.