Went to see The Great Gatsby last Friday. I had said I wanted to finish re-reading the novel before going to the cinema to see the movie, but curiosity won in the end. So I left the novel unfinished and watched the movie instead teehee. Generally I like this adaptation, which is kinda surprising since I’m a kind of purist when it comes to adaptation. There are some things that I dislike, such as some scenes are too much. Like that party scene in Tom’s hidden apartment? I was like, whoaattt is this? I was also heavily annoyed by Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. My interpretation of Nick is that he’s the most sensible person in the story. He observes and he sees what is wrong. But to me most of the times Tobey is being dumb in this Peter Parker mode. Only when the movie almost reaches the end he shows another expression. Also, the soundtrack isn’t really my cuppa tea. Just a matter of taste though.
Now let’s talk about the things I like. Carey Mulligan is okay as Daisy, the pretty fool. Joel Edgerton did well as Tom Buchanan. He’s not just this temperamental bulky guy, but you can see how tricky Tom can be. Edgerton is surely the proper villain for Leonardo Di Caprio’s Gatbsy. Speaking of Leo, he outshines everyone! His acting as Gatbsy is just right. His anxiety, his sadness, his tragic life: Leo delivers all of those in a right amount. Even in the scene when Gatsby meets Daisy again after five years, Leo makes it look funny without being stupid and comical. Oh, there is also this little movement of him in the early appearance of Gatsby that somehow touched me. It’s that scene in which he stands on the harbour, looking at the blinking green light at Buchanan’s harbour across the bay. We can’t see Gatsby’s expression but from the way he moves his hand towards the light, wanting to reach Daisy, we know how hopelessly in love he is. It’s that heart-breaking to me. And I can’t believe this non-fan of Leo can speak so much about him hahaha.
I was about to shed some tears at the end of the movie, didn’t know why. When the line ‘So we beat on, boats against the current etc.’ came out, I found it so touching. Maybe we’re all tied to the past, though in different ways.
Now let’s continue reading Tender is The Night, shall we?