The Great Gatsby

GGPosterIf you follow me here, then you already know Justin and I spent our rainy Friday afternoon in a theater full of people fifty years our senior enjoying the much anticipated The Great Gatsby (watch the trailer). We both had planned to get all gussied up and do the 20’s proud with some dapper attire (i.e. glitter, sparkles, and pearls for me; a suit for him), but as you can tell by the lack of an accompanying outfit post life got in the way, the clothes we wanted to wear were buried in our endless boxes of storage, and rain called for boots not heels (excuses, excuses). Although our dress up plan failed and it’s no secret I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the classic novel, we both were excited to see the movie on the BIG screen on opening day (probably the first time since HP7P2 debuted). I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. The movie had a flawless cast, directly correlated to the book (love when that happens), and surfaced all the beauty, appreciation, and lessons that I so dumbly missed while reading the book, apparently I just needed someone to draw me a picture make me a movie. 🙂 Oh and looking at this guy for 2.5 hours doesn’t hurt either!

Leo_Great_GatsbyNow, Justin understood and appreciated this book before the movie and even more so after. When I got out of the shower the other morning, I found him sitting at the computer typing away on this open blog post his thoughts on the movie, so I just had to share:

The music and cinematography helped transcend the human captivation of being a social elite from the 1920’s to 2013. The story of greed, glitz and glamor of the upper echelons during the 1920’s captured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” are undoubtedly the main drawing points for most when thinking about this book, and now blockbuster movie (there are four other Gatsby films). Baz Lurhman’s film does an amazing job of showcasing the luxury of both the Buchanan’s and Gatsby, but does an even better job of telling the story of what happens to someone so reliant on the material world to attract the one thing he really wants, love. That in the end they only loved his lavish parties, Daisy only loved the life of luxury she had become accustom to, and as a result the old sport that was once the talk of New York practically died alone. Lucky for us, Nick Carraway, the narrator in the book and writer of “the Great Gatsby” in the film, got to see the somewhat true and good side of Gatsby, the hopeful and determined man from humble beginnings that built an illegal empire to attract his one true love, Daisy. And because of this relationship we are blessed with a classic that carries with it themes and ideas that will be around for as long as we walk this planet.

Yep. That’s profound. Did you see the movie this weekend? I’m dying to know what everyone else thought? What was your favorite part? Did you hate how anything was interpreted? Can’t get enough of The Great Gatsby? Check out these art deco inspired homes, weddings, manicure, baubles, and Carey Mulligan’s gorgeous Vogue spread. Happy Monday everyone!
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One thought on “The Great Gatsby

  1. Hey there! Hope all is well with you! I saw The Great Gatsby last night, so I was excited to read your post! I LOVED the book and the original movie, so it’s safe to say that I was dying to see the modernized remake. Unfortunately, I wasn’t overly impressed!! It was a bit too flashy for me, but it was fun to watch. & obviously, as you said, it didn’t hurt to look at Leo for 2.5 hours! He was the PERFECT Gatsby!

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