I'll say two things. 1) I've decided that those reporters have to be ruthless on occasion in order to be considered legitimate. 2) They get things wrong. Example: Leonardo DiCaprio. The man has clearly proven he can act and yet he has no Oscar to show for it.
Okay I lied. Three things...
3. If you liked the movie, then who cares what those morons think.
Sam's Top Ten Reasons Why Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby was GREAT!
(Like David Letterman does it of course!)
See also: SPOILER ALERT
If you haven't read the book, (SHAME! ON! YOU!) or seen the movie, don't read this post!
10. Gatsby's Parties. They were exactly as I imagined them. Out of control and beautiful and ironic and great and excessive all at the same time.
9. Nick Carraway. I really like Tobey Maguire in this role.
8. The Tea Scene in Nick Carraway's House. It shows the tragedy behind Gatsby's desparation extremely well.
7. Daisy's Hair. There is something to be said for the 1920s hair. The 1920s was the beginning of major change in our country and one of the biggest moves for women was the way we wore our hair. Daisy's Flapper Girl was a good representation of that.
6. The Soundtrack. I get that this was an interesting choice for the time period that Gatsby is based in, but keep in mind that we all loved the music from Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo. This is the same concept. This movie is about how excess can lead to tragedy and I for one think there are some strong correlations between the pop and rap world now and the 1920s. I basically want to run to oldies and the majority of the music from this movie for my half marathons this summer. For now, download, "No Church in the Wild" by Kanye West and Jay Z to get the vibe.
5. The Art Deco of it all. I think one of my favorite forms of architecture is Art Deco. I love going into theatres to see musicals for this very reason. A lot of theatres were built during this architecture era. And there was an excellent nod to that as well. One of the most famous Art Deco buildings is the Chrysler Building which was built in the late 1920s.
4. Gatsby's Yellow Car. Yellow is considered to be a corrupt color during this era. So it is fitting for Gatsby to have a yellow car. I also grew up around cars and love seeing them on the big screen.
3. The Bright Vibrant Cinematography. I've heard some reviews have called this approach to the movie more romantic and less tragic and ironic. I think part of it might be the cinematography approach. I, however, thought it was perfect. It was so bright and vibrant and rich that your eyes were just entranced by the vividness...like a moth being drawn to the flame. But remember that even though Gatsby (and Luhrmann) did everything to make it look super glamorous, it still at the end of the day is just stuff and Daisy is not impressed by it.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio's Blue Eyes. DUH.
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1. The Hair! Oh the hair!! Seriously, I found myself just staring at his hair throughout this entire movie. It was just so blonde and golden and I LOVED it.
Someone for the love give this man and his hair an Oscar already!