Florence’s Films: The Great Gatsby

I’m going to preface this post by saying two things. Firstly I have never read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and secondly I am a huge fan of Baz Luhrmann’s films.

I went into the film expecting a lot from the production, the staging and the costumes but with really no idea of what the story was about. Even the trailers had failed to spell out more to me than that Gatsby was the central mysterious character, as instead I had concentrated on the effects.

I didn’t see it in 3D, but for me there was actually less digitalisation of the scenes that I expected, so don’t let that put you off going. Despite the trademark Luhrmann style, what really struck me was the story, quite the contrast to some reviews I had read that suggested the effects overwhelmed a classic.

I didn’t expect there to be such a love story, that I would feel sorry for Gatsby, despise Daisy, or see such vulnerability in the ‘Great’ Gatsby.

Of course, appropriate interpretation of classic literature or not, you can’t fault the costumes, the incredible party scenes (anybody else wishing they could throw a party like that?) those Tiffany jewels and the roaring twenties blown out of all proportion on the big screen.

I’m sure there are many among you who have read the book and I’d love to know what you thought of the film, good or bad, if you’re going or have been…


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