13 May 2013

Gatsby. The Great Gatsby

Where do I even start?!!

Anyone have this as a required High School reading? I did!

"The Great Gatsby fills every second of its 142-minute running time with images designed to take your breath away, whether you’re marveling at the overhead shots of Manhattan circa 1922 or appreciating the old-fashioned movie star charisma of Leonardo DiCaprio in his prime. (You want him to wear a pink suit and drive a yellow car? OK, he’ll wear a pink suit and drive a yellow car, and he’ll own it.)" Except taken from here

The film was so beautiful! The colors so bold you couldn't tear your eyes off the screen! I was so impressed seeing this movie. It was like reading the book, but yet somehow, our modern world was even somewhat shown in the film (the snippets of current music that we listen to today where cleverly added in) 


Did I mention that the same director who directed Romeo and Juliet also directed this film? He knows a good lead actor when he films one! Leonardo DiCaprio is amazing. Holy hotness. I never viewed him as "hot" until this movie. What a good looking man he's become!


I am considering copying Kristalinn and getting this sweatshirt she debuted on instagram last night!


There were only 2 things that bothered me about the film.

First, I felt like the first 20 minutes of the film were so quiet. Almost as if the volume in the theater weren't turned up all the way! Did anyone else notice this?

Second, I caught two audio screw ups in the film...

first, there was a scene of a saxophone player at one of the Gatsby parties and they cued the sound of a trumpet to it! I was like what the!?! Totally didn't like that. 

Second, there were a few scenes of verbal talking that didn't align with what they were showing on screen. I noticed this when Leo and Toby were in the yellow car and you could hear/see Leo talking but his lips weren't moving. Someone in the editing department didn't do their job very well! 

Aside from these two bloopers, I do highly recommend seeing this movie. And it is husband friendly :) don't feel like you are dragging your husband to a chick flick because it's so not one! 

Speaking of the name Gatsby...

Did anyone's brain flash back to the movie 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl? Her boss in that movie, George, had a Bernese Mountain dog named Gatsby!!! 


My husband brought up an interesting point. He said, clearly people have not changed over the years. The partying which was clearly depicted in the film, the fast cars, the lack of seriousness in taking marriage seriously....all of that is so much how our world is today. 

The scene where Toby's character is outraged with no one showing up to Gatsby's funeral is very true with how insensitive people are. Everyone wants to be your friend when your the "it" thing in the world. And when you're not anymore, people make excuses, showing that they were never really your friend all along. 

Good observation or what? 

That's my husband for ya. :) 

What did you all think? 


  1. I'm so excited to see this movie! I'm hoping I can make it sometime this week.

  2. I am excited to see this movie as well. Tried to go see it on Friday evening but it was sold out!

  3. I saw it on Saturday. LOVED it. Great Gatsby is one of my all time fav books. The movie was so well made. I fell completely in love with Leo in this role and he brought the character to life. I'm with you, I never really had a crush on him until now. He's so dashing in it!

  4. i cannot WAIT to go see it...i re-read the book last week at the beach and i will be venturing to the theater and forking out an armload of $$$ just to see it on the big screen ;)

  5. I am so so so so so excited for this movie!!! :) We're seeing it tonight, and you just made me even more excited, if that was possible. It's one of my very favourite books, and one of the few that I have read and re-read multiple times. I can't wait!


  6. i wish i had read this in high school...now i'm racing to read it before i go see the movie!

    a peek of chic

  7. I just saw the movie last night and I loved it! I haven't read the book since high school but I am definitely going to read it again now. I also thought it was really interesting how they incorporated modern music and thought it fit! I can imagine that some critics may not like it.

  8. I'm not sure if my other comment went through but I saw Gatsby last night and I loved the movie!! I thought it was very well done and Leonardo couldn't have done better. He is the perfect actor to play that type of role. I enjoyed the incorporation of modern music, it added a little extra. I'm sure some critics will hate it though.

  9. ok, don't hate me, but i think i must be the only person in the world who didn't like the book. the entire time reading i just kept thinking that it was one of those few books that would be a better movie bc you need the visual to follow along better, to keep the story flowing, and to be entertained. i'm really excited to see the film. i love a good leo movie


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