"The Great Gatsby" is possibly the greatest American classic ever written. It tells an interesting story while having huge themes that we can all learn from, such as money doesn't bring happiness and the rich are corrupt.
Naturally, when hearing this F. Scott Fitzgerald novel was going to get a new turn at the movies, I was ecstatic. But after seeing previews, I wasn't so thrilled anymore.
However, the previews didn't do the film much justice, as I thought it was amazing.
At the beginning of the movie, I was starting to get disappointed. Director Baz Luhrmann's style is fantasy-like and very sporadic; I felt at the start of the movie that it would not fully pick up the true air of Gatsby. I didn't expect Gatsby's home to be as glamorous and massive as it was in the movie, but I also didn't expect to hear Jay-Z's music. The first party at Gatsby's was so over-the-top that I began to think that the director wasn't following the book as closely as he should have.
But as the show progressed, my thoughts changed, and by the end of the movie I was blown away.
The cast was picked perfectly, with no better an actor than Leonardo DiCaprio to play possibly the most tragic role in all literature, Gatsby. In the scene where Gatsby "shows up out of the blue" for tea with Daisy, DiCaprio showed perfectly how nervous Jay Gatsby really was.
Tobey Maguire was also amazing as Nick Carraway; he captured the quiet, yet lively demeanor of Carraway very well. And Carey Mulligan was an excellent choice for Daisy. Through the whole film she had a look on her face that I expected from Daisy, the look that says, "You don't know how I'm actually feeling right now."
I was so happy to hear some of my favorite quotes from the book highlighted in the film. My favorite quote was from Nick to Gatsby: "They're a rotten crowd, you're worth the whole damn bunch put together." And of course, the famous quote from Daisy, "I hope she'll be a fool. That's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
The film completely captured the tragic elements of the story; I wasn't disappointed at all. It is the kind of movie that will stay on your mind for a few days, and you'll find yourself relating it to modern day.
"The Great Gatsby" exceeded my expectations and I would highly encourage you to go out and see it.
Savannah Rice is a sophomore at Weber High School. Contact her at email@example.com.