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…


#JanuaryJoy – Go to the Cinema

Image Credit: Make a DIY vintage Movie sign on Oh Happy Day

I’m super excited today as today’s #JanuaryJoy prompt was one of the first to go onto the calendar way back in early December when I started planning this series. The instant I saw the trailer for Les Miserables, I knew I’d be making a bee-line straight for the cinema to watch it on the big screen.

I know it’s a cliche but there’s something magical about the movies. My favourite types of film to see are those with sweeping theatrical productions, Baz Luhrmann and his surreal style being amongst my favourites. I’m not a ‘Les Mis’ fan and *hangs head in shame* had never seen it on the stage because I thought it might be, well, miserable? Having seen the trailer however, although I know it’s going to be sad, (no spoilers please!) I’m totally sucked in by the drama already.

I love seeing films I can get lost in, transported to another time or place and that pull at my heart strings. I’m pretty sure the Les Miserables film is going to fit the bill.

Are you going readers? Are you excited? I can’t wait. For the first time in my life I have booked the Premiere seats!


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