Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Great Gatsby

Some movies are meant to be re-made.  And The Great Gatsby is one of those classics.  It is definitely a contender for the "Great American Novel."  I remember reading the book in high school English Lit.


Tobey Maguire & Leonardo DiCaprio

Set in New York City in 1922, as well as a fictional town on Long Island (think Hamptons), F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a tale of lavish parties, lots of decadence and,  gasp! debauchery.  




I am amazed at just how crazy the Roaring 20's were!  My mom was born in 1923, and she had older siblings in their teens.  But I am sure they did not "hobnob" with socialites.


Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Joel Edgarton as Tom Buchanan
Leo is aging so well, and I think he was born to play this role.  Jay Gatsby lives in Dreamland, and very childlike.  I remember seeing this in the 1970's with Robert Redford in the lead.  I like Leo better.



The lavish parties were so over the top, zebras splashing in the swimming pool with inebriated guests.  





The Moet was flowing.


Leo and Carey as Jay & Daisy

We saw it in 2D, but it was also available in 3D.  The cinematography was outstanding, so was the soundtrack.  Songs by Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rhianna, Will.i.am, Lana Del Rey. 


Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, Joel Edgarton as Tom Buchanan

It is definitely a chick flick, so grab your best girlfriend or daughter (older one) or your momma, and go see it.  A matinee, early dinner with a friend, a favorite thing for me!

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xo


Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's. Exodus 20:17 (Deuteronomy 5:21, Romans 7:7, 13:9)

35 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. It's on my schedule to see this evening with my friend, Mary. I love the book and we heard Carey Mulligan speak last year as part of a New York Times program, so I am really looking forward to the movie.

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  2. I can't wait to see it. Don't you know the roaring 20's were a blast? I love the clothing and hair do's!!

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  3. Barbara, you are really sining my tune here. I love F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I particularly love "Gatsby". I went to a book review on this a few years ago, and the review said that all 14 year old girls are in love with him. How about all adult women???

    This is one of my very favorite movies of all time!

    XO,

    Sheila

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  4. Good Afternoon Barbara, I am so excited that you reviewed The Great Gatsby, because I am going to the cinema on Friday to see it. I watched the preview and the sets look amazing.... and yes I agree Leo looks the part.
    Barbara, I found you via Claudia's My Favourite Thing. I have enjoyed my visit and I have become a new follower.
    I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time. It will be lovely to see you there.
    Best Wishes to you,
    Daphne

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  5. So glad to hear from someone who went!!!I want to go doubly now. Can't wait to see Leonardo's performance. Thanks for your visit Friday.
    Ann

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  6. Intriguing-- haven't seen it yet. Visiting from MHC.

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  7. I love Leonardo! I saw the old movie with Robert Redford when i was a child. I' ll see the new one as soon as possible.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  8. It sounds like you really enjoyed this! I'm not sure I have ever seen any of the versions. Perhaps it is time for me to educate myself.:-)

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  9. I love the original, don't think I will watch the remake as, for me, there is only one Jay Gatsby and that is Robert Redford.
    Carol xx

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  10. Hi Barbara, thanks for visiting my blog. I think I will enjoy it too. I saw want to see and hubby said he would too. Maybe this weekend, 3D sound great.
    xxx
    Marlene

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  11. I think I should do this, Barbara.. Not usually my style but it would be nice to see..
    Blessings..

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  12. So glad to hear you liked it Barbara! I have no doubt it's dazzling:@)

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  13. I do remember seeing the version with Robert Redford and can easily see Leonardo doing an excellent job with this role.
    My mom was born in 1924 and her early life seemed to be all about surviving the depression.

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  14. I love this movie when I saw many years ago, I love Robert Redford:))

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  15. Thanks so much for the review, Barbara. I think I would like it better than the Robert Redford...and I liked that one.

    Yes, the Roaring 20's were pretty wild, from what I've read.

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  16. Hi Barbara,
    Thanks for the great review. We have not been to a movie theater to see a movie in ages! But this one may draw me in!

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  17. Thanks so much for the review, Barbara! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope to see it soon. xo

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  18. Dearest Barbara,
    Oh, I am happy to read that you said that Leo is aging so well as I haven't been able to follow his works much. And I had no knowledge about this movie. I would love to check it, my friend.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  19. Hello Barbara.....little by little, I am trying to leave some comments. I push myself sometimes. This movie looks like fun.
    When I am feeling better I hope to see it. Thanks for sharing such lovely photos about the movie. xoxo Linda

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  20. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've read the book, of course, but I'm not a fan of Baz Luhrmann. I really disliked what he did to Moulin Rouge. And to tell you the truth, I'm not a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio! So I don't think this is the movie for me. But that's the great thing about film - there's something for everyone!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.

    xo
    Claudia

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  21. I read the book and saw the movie back in the 70s, but I was too young to really firmly grasp the nuances. This is one of the "must see movies" on my list. LOVE LEO!!!!

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  22. Love, love, love the book! And now live in Fitzgerald-land - where his childhood home is always noted. I have yet to see this version (the other two did not work for me) so am looking forward to it. It looks so pretty!

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  23. It looks really good. Thanks for the review. Two thumbs up! I hope to go soon.
    xo Beth

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  24. I am so totally in love with Robert Redford and loved him in Gatsby..Daughter and I were planning to see the new one today but she is sick...I am a huge fan of Leo's too but have worried he could not outshine Redford...glad to hear you loved it.
    My mama was a flapper but didn't hang out with such rich people...:))

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  25. Hi Barbara! Oh, I want to see this film. I remember the old one with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow! I agree, Leo is more handsome now than when he was younger.
    Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  26. Good to know! We were pondering on whether to see this before it hit the rental market. I think we will check it out on your review. Thank you!!!

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  27. I didn't know you could see it in 3-D. Based on the photos I have seen of the sets and costumes, that must be awesome. I usually wait for movies to come to home to DVD since I'm so cheap, but I have been sorely tempted to cough up the money for this one. I would agree that Leo is the perfect choice for the lead.

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  28. And also: I sure hope Leo ages better than Robert Redford. Have you seen him? He did NOT age well, IMO.

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  29. I think it's been forty years since I read book, good gosh! Glad you had fun! I'm on the fence about this one, I'm not a huge Leo or Tobey fan but I do adore Carey Milligan.

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  30. Thanks for the critique! I haven't seen it but plan to. It looks very appealing. Robert Redford was great so will be anxious to see Leo.

    xo
    Pat

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  31. I can't wait to see this movie! You did a great post...makes me want to see it today! Sweet hugs!

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  32. I remember reading it for a college class. I didn't like the book, but it is all a little fuzzy now. I'm sure that I'd enjoy Leo D. in anything. Thanks for the great review. You make me almost want to see it. =D It certainly is one of the great American novels, but I'll keep hanging with To Kill a Mockingbird as my favorite. Oh my grandmother used to get quite animated talking about the Roaring Twenties and how it wasn't always the way it was portrayed. I'm sure not in the quieter locales. Thanks for the head's up. I'm glad that I didn't miss this.

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  33. We went to the movie last weekend I loved it but was a bit sad that they didn't use the amazing music of the 20's.
    I do think your discription is right on it was much better than I expected.
    Cathy

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  34. Barb,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    I saw the one with Robert Redford in it too! I will most likely see this one when it comes out on DVD.....

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  35. Thanks for the review, Barbara. It's one I'd like to see too!

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