I have been wanting to write about my love for all things “Great Gatsby” related on here for a long time (it’s been on my blog to-do list for years, before the new movie came out). One day I’d love to have a Gatsby themed party where everyone dressed up in their best 1920’s fashion and I would decorate in a very elaborate, sparkling, and spectacular, Jay Gatsby-party style. (Definitely adding that to my life to-do list.)
The Book!: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Movie: Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (A Review & A Comparison with the Novel)
I loved the party scenes(click, watch one!) at Gatsby’s house. They were everything you could have imagined they would be when reading the book, multiplied by 10! They show the elaborate and glittering lifestyle Gatsby worked for to impress Daisy, as well as the shallowness of his goals. I adore his mansion. It was magical and breathtaking. I just might be tempted to love a man for that kind of house (hah! kidding of course!) See, it’s amazing!
Another interesting portrayal was that of Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. Daisy has often been a hated character for her lack of decisiveness, morals, and personality. She is somewhat likeable in the “poor sad shallow rich girl” kind of way…ha. Carey does a pretty great job at bringing Daisy to life in my opinion. She conveyed the sad trapped girl who is still enticing enough to catch Gatsby and Tom’s attention with her fragile beauty and personality. One of the last aspects of the movie I loved was the soundtrack. Jay-Z produced it and did and awesome job if you ask me. The scenes were lit up even more with the jazzy 1920’s inspired yet modern and some hip-hop infused songs. The party scenes were enhanced with the beats of songs like “A Little Party ever Killed Nobody” by Fergie (one of my favorites). I absolutely adored Lana Del Ray’s song “Young and Beautiful” in this film. She hauntingly asks “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?”. The lyric perfectly sums up Daisy and Gatsby’s fragile and superficial relationship, with the depressing answer being obvious…No. I love the song anyway.
In conclusion, I highly recommend the book if you’ve never read it (or if you have…I’ve read it quite a few times). it’s beautifully written and a fascinating and compelling tale. After that, I would recommend seeing this film adaptation. It’s a beautiful and amazingly visually appealing film that captures the essence of Fitzgerald's story in a unique way. The sets, music, costumes, and even the interesting use of 3D made the film captivating along with Fitzgerald’s words and well known characters. The scene where Daisy and Gatsby awkwardly reunite after years of being apart was a favorite of mine. It was real and believable as well as slightly comical and romantic. The Great Gatsby is the world’s best, most beautifully written, worst love story. If you know what I mean…ha! Read the book and/or see the film and hopefully you’ll get it.
Also check out these few interesting articles on the film. I agree with some things and not others but they’re all interesting points to read. http://www.themillions.com/2013/05/judging-luhrmanns-gatsby-five-english-scholars-weigh-in.html
The Fashion: 1920’s Style
I love the glamorous style of the 1920’s, particularly the flapper girl, with her elaborate headpieces, jewelry and fringed and beaded dresses. I would die for one of the gorgeous Tiffany designed headpieces Daisy wore in the film. I love the way men dressed at that time as well. Always dressed to the nines in a suit and tie, often in varying patterns and colors (the rich men in Gatsby’s world at least…lol). DiCaprio’s Gatsby looked pretty damn good in all his suits, I must say. Anyway, of course, I had to use going to see this move as an excuse to dress up in my best flapper girl outfit. What do you think? I curled and tucked my hair under to create that short hair look that was popular then. As always I have a ton of pictures and couldn’t choose so I added bunches…enjoy! I played with some editing stuff too to make some pictures have an old looking effect.
I went to see the movie with my boyfriend of course.
♥♥ Xoxo Gabriella