Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Great Gatsby

I read The Great Gatsby in high school.
I don't think I enjoyed it at the time.

Actually I don't think I actually enjoyed anything I read at high school.
I love to read and I was excited when literature was an offered subject.
 I think I lasted about a term in that class after realising I really 
disliked being told what I could read. 
Probably a bad move in hindsight - ce sera sera.

I remember being about 19 (ish)  when Romeo and Juliet came out in the cinemas. 
I was definitely a Leonardo DiCarprio fan after seeing The Baskeball Diaries 
- which I initially went to see for Mark Wahlberg and took my basketball loving cousin
 to see. He was in shock with the realisation that this wasn't a movie about basketball.
But we were both amazed by Leonardo.

ANYWAY, I went to see Romeo and Juliet the day it came out. I went alone, 
I had to see it there and then. I was not disappointed. I saw it at the cinemas 
twice more in the following weeks and countless times since. 
And the soundtrack became my life soundtrack

Last Thursday I skipped my afternoon class to see The Great Gatsby. 
This time it was more about Baz Luhrman and Catherine Martin
than Leo, but the combination is perfection.

The reviews are mixed but I LOVED IT.
After having the soundtrack on repeat for weeks it was awesome to hear the songs throughout the movie and the costumes - breathtaking.

Now I just need to find some free time to see it again and continue to obsess about this dress

I must add, one thing between the movie and the book that really struck me was Daisy's likeability. In the book her selfishness is more obvious and I really sympathised with her in the movie. I'm kind of glad though. How divine is Carey Mulligan?

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