The Great Gatsby Review

I’ve been a massive fan of Baz Luhrmann since Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge remains to be one of my all time favourite films. I also enjoyed Australia starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman so I was keen to see his latest film especially as it starred Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Great Gatsby has many of the similar Luhrmann traits that can be spotted a mile off in many of his films. With a great cast, an equally great soundtrack and a very distinctive use of colours and style of shots, Luhrmann clearly knows what works for him. The Great Gatsby had Jay-Z as its executive producer and you can see from the soundtrack that he has influenced it. Both of the Carters make an appearance in the film with Beyonce’s controversial cover of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and Jay-Z’s No Church in the Wild, the influence of 21st century music greatly compliments the 1920’s sets and costumes.

DiCaprio’s performance in the film is brilliant as expected. He perfectly manages to grasp the character of Jay Gatsby as the cool and mysterious millionaire but can just as well show his raw unsettled emotions.

I always think Baz Luhrmann’s films make you feel like your smack bang in the middle of the crazy parties in his films whether in the Moulin Rouge or at Gatsby’s Mansion. The fast paced filming, background characters, bright sequins and colours make it a delight to watch. Can’t wait for his next film whenever it may be.

Thoughts from this week:

  • Been listening to a lot of Jay-Z this week
  • Determined to finish Deathly Hallows before I go on holiday
  • Really like playing Candy Crush at the moment
  • Planning to watch The Place Beyond the Pines soon
  • Watch this space for blog about new job

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